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'Be-all and end-all' is a noun.

When used as an adjective (yes or no?), would we place hyphens throughout like this? I think you'd have to.

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Hi,

Please avoid such clumsy adjectives!

Clive
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CliveHi,
Please avoid such clumsy adjectives!
Clive

But it's used in everyday speech, so why avoid it? I think it's a good expression for non-native speakers to learn and use. Incidentally, it's a NOUN PHRASE, not an adjective.

BillJ
So are all the clumsy hyphens correct?
victoSo are all the clumsy hyphens correct?
Yes, 'be-all and end-all' is okay - these are not clumsy hyphens, so no problem at all here.

BillJ
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Hi,

I didn't meant it shoul be avoided in speech. I meant it was clumsy when in written form with all those hyphens.

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