"be-all and end-all" meaning in English

Noun

Forms: be-alls and end-alls [plural] Audio: en-au-be-all and end-all.ogg [Australia]
  1. Something considered to be of the utmost importance; something essential or ultimate. Tags: idiomatic Categories: English idioms Synonyms: end-all and be-all Related terms: raison d'être Translations (Something considered to be of the utmost importance): první a poslední (Czech), kaikki kaikessa (Finnish), raison d'être [feminine] (French), Wichtigste [neuter] (German), Größte [neuter] (German), Höchste [neuter] (German), Daseinsgrund [masculine] (German), Maß aller Dinge [neuter] (German)

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