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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.
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1. (Nautical Terms) nautical the end of a line, chain, or cable, esp the end secured in the chain locker of a vessel
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]
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bit•ter end(ˈbɪt ər ˈɛnd for 1; ˈbɪt ər ˌɛnd for 2 )
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]
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The last extremity; from the end of a rope on a sailing ship being tied around a bitt (post for securing ropes).
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|Noun||1.||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|
line - something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible; "a washing line"
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