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a support placed at the end of a row of books to hold them upright, usually used in pairs.
one of two things occurring or located at either end of something else:
two events that served as bookends to my career.
to occur or be located at the beginning and end of:
His term in office was bookended by crises.
Contemporary Examples

‘Luck’ Runs Out: If Horses Die While Cameras Roll, You Must Quit Max Watman March 15, 2012
‘Return to the War Room’ Reminded Me How I Learned to Beat Republicans Mark Katz October 13, 2008
The Girl I Will Miss at Commencement Robert Bookman May 21, 2009
Nathan Lane’s Final Musical? Kevin Sessums April 7, 2010
Why Firing Zone 918 is Relevant Today Elisheva Goldberg June 24, 2013
Bush Wrecked 9/11 John Avlon September 9, 2009

Historical Examples

The Scapegoat Richard Maples

: two black bodyguards, macho bookends
(also bookend ad) A television commercial having two parts, separated by other unrelated commercials: Bookends are intriguing to people because they set up a scenario


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