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"
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Sometimes I thought I was sure 'nough from Ohier, an' other times I could 'a swore I was from th' bitter end of Florida.
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Pray don't mind it," she said, "pray don't, really--let it be--" But Whiskey Dick, feeling himself on safe ground in this attention, persisted to the bitter end of a disintegrated and well-worn "Travatore.
And now, honestly, I wished I had put a bullet through my head before joining in this murderous conspiracy; but retreat was impossible, even if I had been the man to draw back after going so far; and I had a still stronger reason for standing by the others to the bitter end.
On one point we were all agreed, and that was that, come what might, we would go through with this job to the bitter end.
By noon the sea went very high indeed, and our ship rode forecastle in, shipped several seas, and we thought once or twice our anchor had come home; upon which our master ordered out the sheet-anchor, so that we rode with two anchors ahead, and the cables veered out to the bitter end.
Also, he explained that there were many accidents in the mills, and that the company's policy was to fight to the bitter end all consequent damage suits.
That's what it is all about now and I'm pretty sure it's going to stay that way right through to the bitter end.
For a world where a bitter end may mean something greater, something better.
It's important they know we are up for the fight and we will fight for the school until the bitter end.
Civilians and soldiers, generals and governors, resolved to fight to the bitter end.
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