bitter end

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That part of an anchor cable which is abaft the bitts and thus remains onboard when a ship is riding at anchor.

Etymology:

  • The figurative usage is influenced by bitter.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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bitter endThe end of a long and difficult process.
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