the (end) result

  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    The end result is the result that you are aiming at, rather than what has resulted from the present situation.
    Another expression is the bottom line.
     

    Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    I feel that "result", with or without "end", is the wrong word for this context, since there is no obvious way in which "we've got to get back to work" can be described as a result of anything. A result of what? It isn't a result, it's a target, or an aim.

    It might have been better to use an idiom like "when all is said and done, we've got..." or "at the end of the day".
     
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