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bitter end

noun

Definition of bitter end

  1. :  the last extremity however painful or calamitous

bitter–ender play \ˌbi-tər-ˈen-dər\ noun


Origin of bitter end

perhaps from 2bitter end


First Known Use: 1827


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bitter end

noun

Definition of bitter end

  1. :  the inboard end of a ship's anchoring cable



Origin of bitter end

bitter (a turn of cable around the bitts)


First Known Use: circa 1862


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