bitter end
I. noun Etymology: perhaps from 2bitter end Date: 1827 the last extremity however painful or calamitous • bitter-ender noun II. noun Etymology: bitter (a turn of cable around the bitts) Date: circa 1862 the inboard end of a ship's anchoring cable

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  • bitter end — In lexicons of sea language going back to 1759, the bitter end is the part of a cable which is round about the bits (two great timbers used to belay cables) when the ship is at anchor. Bitter end of the Cable, the End which is wound about the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Bitter end — can refer to: *The part of a rope that is tied off. See knot#Components. *An expression the final stage, often death. *The Bitter End, club in New York City. *The Bitter End (song), a song by alternative rock band Placebo. *The Bitter End… …   Wikipedia

  • bitter end — n. [archaic bitter, turn of cable about a bitt] Naut. the inboard end of a rope, cable, or chain to the bitter end [so called because with the cable out to the bitter end, no freedom of action remains; meaning infl. by BITTER, adj. 2] 1. until… …   English World dictionary

  • bitter end — If you do something to the bitter end, you do it to the very end, no matter how unsuccessful you are …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Bitter end — Bitter Bit ter, n. [See {Bitts}.] (Naut.) AA turn of the cable which is round the bitts. [1913 Webster] {Bitter end}, that part of a cable which is abaft the bitts, and so within board, when the ship rides at anchor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bitter End — Allgemeine Informationen Genre(s) Thrash Metal Gründung 1985 Auflösung 1992 Neugründung 2011 Websit …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • bitter end — noun 1. the final extremity (however unpleasant it may be) (Freq. 2) he was determined to fight to the bitter end • Hypernyms: ↑extremity 2. (nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable especially the end that is wound around a bitt • Topics: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bitter end — /bɪtər ˈɛnd/ (say bituhr end) noun 1. Nautical the extreme inboard end of a cable or rope, originally secured to a bitt. –phrase 2. to the bitter end, to the very end (usually of something difficult or unpleasant): they fought to the bitter end.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • bitter end — /bit euhr end / for 1; /bit euhr end / for 2 1. the conclusion of a difficult or unpleasant situation; the last or furthest extremity: Despite the unpleasant scenes in the movie, she insisted on staying until the bitter end. 2. Naut. a. the… …   Universalium

  • bitter end — noun a) that part of an anchor cable which is abaft the bitts and thus remains inboard when a ship is riding at anchor Note: To pay out a rope to the bitter end means to pay it all out b) The end of a long and difficult process …   Wiktionary

  • bitter end —    If you do something to the bitter end, you do it to the very end, no matter how unsuccessful you are.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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