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bitter end

noun

Definition of bitter end

:the last extremity however painful or calamitous

bitter-ender

play \ˌbi-tər-ˈen-dər\ noun

Origin and Etymology of bitter end

perhaps from 2bitter end


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bitter end

noun

Definition of bitter end

:the inboard end of a ship's anchoring cable

Origin and Etymology of bitter end

bitter (a turn of cable around the bitts)


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