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an end in itself

Meaning: If something is an end in itself, it's done for its own pleasure or benefit rather than for some other purpose like making money.

For example:

  • Billy says playing music in a band is an end in itself for him, but I think he does it to meet girls.

  • People used to think education was an end in itself, but these days kids study in order to make lots of money when they graduate.

Quick Quiz:

For Ari, music is an end in itself. She doesn't do it to
  1. enjoy herself
  2. entertain people
  3. make money

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