bitter end

noun (1)

Definition of bitter end

 (Entry 1 of 2)
: the last extremity however painful or calamitous

bitter end

noun (2)
Definition of bitter end (Entry 2 of 2)
: the inboard end of a ship's anchoring cable

Other Words from bitter end

Noun (1)

bitter-ender \ ˌbi-​tər-​ˈen-​dər How to pronounce bitter end (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of bitter end

Noun (1)

1827, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bitter end

Noun (1)

perhaps from bitter end entry 2

Noun (2)

bitter (a turn of cable around the bitts)

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“Bitter end.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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