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ends up

ends up

Date: Oct 19 2006


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“Basically it’s about this girl… She ends up as a nanny for a very wealthy family in Manhattan.”

Alicia Keys talking about Scarlett Johansson’s character in their new movie, The Nanny Diaries.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

in the end is; is after all; results in

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

When Alicia Keys says the girl ends up as a nanny, she means that despite circumstances, the girl becomes a nanny.

Usually people use this expression when they have explained the circumstances leading up to whatever they are saying. “We drove all night and when we got to Paris, we got lost. We were so tired, we ended up sleeping on the side of the road.” Here, ended up means “finally”, or “in the end”. “After all that, we slept on the side of the road.”

Sometimes ends up is used to express irony, or to introduce a result that is contrary to what is expected. For example, you go to the movies to see Forest Gump, but there are no more tickets. So you see Mission Impossible. The next day, you can tell your friends, “Yeah, I went to see Forest Gump, but I ended up seeing Mission Impossible.”


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“Every time we talk about where to vacation, we end up in a fight.”

“My dad wanted to be a doctor, but he ended up being a lawyer.”

“I love that movie! Can you believe he ends up marrying his high school sweetheart?”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

shasha4132 come to an end;finally
by shasha4132
To be in particular place or state after doing something or because og doing it.
by ugly_duckling1501
ksequen "To end up" means you weren't actually looking for something but eventually you find yourself doing so...
by ksequen
finish up
by fawnping
amado atlast,reach somthing you dont like or somewhere you dont want.
by amado
in the end that is what happens
by starprincess723
fedorame I think here it means "finally become" or something like this .i know it's another meaning "finish".
by fedorame
She ends up as a nanny for .... means finally she becomes a nanny.....
by thuhuong
hossein99 finish, result in, finally be or do something
by hossein99
to finish
by pal_mma
Bo Gilliam "End up" is used to show what was the last thing to happen to the person or thing in the story. The girl, in the end of all the events of the story told, became a nanny.
by Bo Gilliam
wayne226 Things get into a state that even though you did not originally intend to.
by wayne226

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