The Living End

Posted by ESC on April 13, 2003

In Reply to: The Living End posted by Tom on April 13, 2003

: Does anyone know the origin of the phrase 'The Living End'?

I don't know if this is the origin. It's a early use.

LIVING END - "1. The best, superlative, righteous 2. The last straw, the limit 'Christ, he thought. This was the goddam living end. The kid in hot water again. Molly wise to Irene. He was sick and tired of the whole stinking rat race.' From the novel 'Run Tough, Run Hard,' Carson Bingham, 1961." "Straight from the Fridge, Dad: A Dictionary of Hipster Slang" by Max Décharné (Broadway Books, Random House, New York, 2000).