be-all and end-all
- nounthe essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim-
profit is the be-all and end-all of business• Syn: ↑be all and end all
* * *\\ˈbēˌȯl...ˈenˌdȯl\ noun
the be-all and end-all of the detective story is to conceal the identity of the criminal — Times Literary Supplement
* * */bee"awl' euhnd end"awl'/the central and all-important part: His work was the be-all and end-all of his existence.[1595-1605]
* * *be-all and end-all nounThe supreme aim or issue• • •Main Entry: ↑be
* * *be-all and end-all «BEE L uhnd EHND L»,the whole or essence of anything: »
Victories…are not the be-all and end-all of the [Olympic] Games (London Times).
* * */ˈbiːˌɑːləndˈɛndˌɑːl/ nounthe be-all and end-all: the most important part of something or the reason for something
He acts as if making money is the be-all and end-all of human existence.
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