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Be all and end all

the central and all-important part:
His work was the be-all and end-all of his existence.
noun (informal)
the ultimate aim or justification: to provide help for others is the be-all and end-all of this group
(often jocular) a person or thing considered to be beyond improvement


The mouth, esp regarded as a speech organ The meaning shifted from ”horn, trumpet” in phrases like ”blow one’s own bazoo” and ”the silvery tinkle of his bazoo,” attested in the mid-1800s: if you would close that big bazoo

Related Terms

shoot off one’s mouth

[1900s+; apparently fr Dutch bazuin, ”trumpet”]


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