to/until the bitter end

Definition of to/until the bitter end

: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

until play
  1. : to

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

  3. : before

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

bitter play
  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

  2. : distasteful or distressing to the mind : galling

  3. : marked by intensity or severity:

  1. : bitter (see 1bitter) quality

  2. : 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)

  3. : 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

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

  2. : a point that marks the extent of something

  3. : the point where something ceases to exist

  1. : to bring to an end

  2. : destroy

  3. : to make up the end of

  1. : final, ultimate

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

  1. : within : inside — compare ect-, exo-

  2. : taking in


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