to/until the bitter end

Definition of to/until the bitter end

  1. :  until the end of something that may be very bad, unpleasant, etc. I knew she would stand by me to the bitter end. He vowed that he would keep fighting until the bitter end.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to

    : used as a function word to indicate continuance (as of an action or condition) to a specified time

    :  before

  1. :  up to the time that :  up to such time as

  1. :  being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is peculiarly acrid acrid, astringent, or disagreeable and suggestive of an infusion of hops — compare salt, sour, sweet

    :  distasteful or distressing to the mind :  galling

    :  marked by intensity or severity:

  1. :  bitter (see 1bitter) quality

    :  a usually alcoholic solution of bitter and often aromatic plant products used especially in preparing mixed drinks or as a mild tonic (see 1tonic 1b)

    :  a very dry (see 1dry 7b) heavily hopped ale

  1. :  to make bitter (see 1bitter)

  1. :  to an intense or severe degree :  to a bitter (see 1bitter) degree

  1. :  the part of an area that lies at the boundary

    :  a point that marks the extent of something

    :  the point where something ceases to exist

  1. :  to bring to an end

    :  destroy

    :  to make up the end of

  1. :  final, ultimate

  1. :  to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack

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a trip made at another's expense

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