Loose thread

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British pronunciation/lˈuːs θɹˈɛd/
American pronunciation/lˈuːs θɹˈɛd/
loose thread

the parts of something that are yet to be finished or resolved

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loose [thread] definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "make a go of something" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "loose thread" is based on the literal meaning of a thread that is not properly secured. This concept is metaphorically applied to represent an unresolved issue or problem that has the potential to create further complications or unravel a situation. The phrase draws on the understanding that if a loose thread is left unaddressed, it can cause a garment to come apart. It is commonly employed in discussions about projects, relationships, or situations that require attention and resolution.

The project had a few loose threads that needed to be addressed before it could be considered complete and successful.
She gathered up the loose threads of the scarf to create a neat and stylish fringe.
Noticing a loose thread on her sweater, she gently twitched it between her fingers to remove it.
Last year, her dress was out at the elbows, exhibiting signs of wear with worn patches and loose threads.
The unresolved conflict within the family became a loose thread that threatened to unravel the harmony they had worked so hard to maintain.
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