American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A final, painful, or disastrous extremity.
- n. Nautical The inboard end of a chain, rope, or cable, especially the end of a rope or cable that is wound around a bitt.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, that part of a cable which is abaft the bitts, and therefore within board, when the ship rides at anchor.
- n. nautical that part of an anchor cable which is abaft the bitts and thus remains inboard when a ship is riding at anchor
- n. idiomatic The end of a long and difficult process.
- n. nautical the final six fathoms of anchor chain before the point of attachment in the chain locker of modern U.S.naval vessels, with these six fathoms often painted blue, white and red to warn deck hands of the end of available anchor chain.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. that part of a cable which is abaft the bitts, and so within board, when the ship rides at anchor.
- n. (nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable especially the end that is wound around a bitt
- n. the final extremity (however unpleasant it may be)
- English bitter, bitt (bitt + -er1) + end. Sense 1, influenced by bitter. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For three or four years they had fought our troops obstinately, and surrendered at the bitter end in the belief that they were merely overpowered, not conquered.”
“The vine of Sodom always thought might refer to Cucumis calocynthis, which is bitter end powders inside; the term vine would scarcely be given to any but a trailing or other plant of the habit of a vine. ”
“Falk on the indignities we suffer in our death-denying culture, “where patients, regardless of mental status or the irreversibility of disease, are treated until the bitter end when they lie bloated, bleeding, and crushed after the final flurry of infusions and cardiac massage.””
“Sometimes I thought I was sure ’nough from Ohier, an’ other times I could ’a swore I was from th’ bitter end of Florida.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘bitter end’.
two words that say it all and contrast/complement one another
O time, thou must untangle this, not I.
It is too hard a knot for me to untie.
-- Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act 2, scene 2
You'll definitely need a map. Inspired by Son of Groucho's comment on Islets of Langerhans.
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A list of favorite nautical words to be sprinkled liberally throughout speech for piratical or Melvillian effect.
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Things you go or get to--with "the" (not to be confused with jennarenn's "get" stuffie. :-)
Like a night club in the morning, you're the bitter end.
Like a recently disinfected shit-house, you're clean round the bend.
You give me the horrors
too bad to be true.
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