bitter end

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BITTER END

Well, since rhyming's been my ruin, let me rhyme to the bitter end.

More than ever she determined to struggle to the bitter end.

Perspiring from every pore, we labour manfully on to the bitter end.

It must be borne; had He not borne His own up to the bitter end?

For every room saw its separate stand; and every stand was to the bitter end.

He was in town at the time, and took part, sir, to the bitter end.

It was Manuel who saved our lives, defeating his own aim to the bitter end.

"Then I'll fight,—and to the bitter end," answered the boy, earnestly.

"No, they went on to the bitter end," said Raeburn with one of his bright, humorous looks.

I fought to the bitter end with my fists, feet, head, and teeth.

WORD ORIGIN

In lexicons of sea language going back to 1759, the bitter end is the part of a cable which is round about the bits (two great timbers used to belay cables) when the ship is at anchor.

See bit (n.1). So, when a cable is played out to the bitter end, there is no more left to play. The term began to be used c.1835 in non-nautical use and with probable influence of bitter (adj.).

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