bitter end

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bitter end

n.
1. A final, painful, or disastrous extremity.
2. Nautical The inboard end of a chain, rope, or cable, especially the end of a rope or cable that is wound around a bitt.

[English bitter, bitt (bitt + -er) + end. Sense 1, influenced by bitter.]

bitter end

n
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical the end of a line, chain, or cable, esp the end secured in the chain locker of a vessel
2.
a. to the bitter end until the finish of a task, job, or undertaking, however unpleasant or difficult
b. until final defeat or death
[C19: in both senses perhaps from bitt]

bit•ter end

(ˈbɪt ər ˈɛnd for 1; ˈbɪt ər ˌɛnd for 2 )
n.
1. the conclusion of a difficult or unpleasant situation.
2. the inboard end of an anchor chain or other line.
[1620–30 in form bitters end]

bitter end

The last extremity; from the end of a rope on a sailing ship being tied around a bitt (post for securing ropes).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bitter end - the final extremity (however unpleasant it may be); "he was determined to fight to the bitter end"
extremity - an extreme condition or state (especially of adversity or disease)
2.bitter end - (nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable especially the end that is wound around a bitt
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor
line - something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible; "a washing line"
end, terminal - either extremity of something that has length; "the end of the pier"; "she knotted the end of the thread"; "they rode to the end of the line"; "the terminals of the anterior arches of the fornix"