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.
Despising others, it was in the logical order of things that I should follow my conclusions to their bitter end, and consistently despise myself.
His wife sat by the fire and wept, with her face in her hands; his eldest son was crouched upon the floor, running over a great mass of papers and now and again setting one alight and burning it to the bitter end; all the while a servant lass with a red face was rummaging about the room, in a blind hurry of fear, and whimpering as she went; and every now and again one of the men would thrust in his face from the yard, and cry for orders.
"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. I could not leave our lady to these ruffians.
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. We had come out for a fortnight's enjoyment on the river, and a fortnight's enjoyment on the river we meant to have.
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.
Let us follow it out to the bitter end. Faces to the south, then, and quick march!"
He said he would "fight to the bitter end" in order to carry on working.
Bitter end for your stressed cucumber 6 How can I stop cucumbers from going all bitter?
If the unspeakable happens-your fly line ends up totally severed-and you can retrieve the bitter end, all is not lost.
The Black Sabbath star, who describes his late pal as "a hero until the bitter end", says: "I went to his memorial, and it was like the Star Wars bar - all different shapes of people."