bitter end

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bitter end (nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable especially the end that is wound around a bitt
    • n bitter end the final extremity (however unpleasant it may be) "he was determined to fight to the bitter end"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bitter end that part of a cable which is abaft the bitts, and so within board, when the ship rides at anchor.
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Quotations

  • Samuel Butler
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    “Eating is touch carried to the bitter end.”
  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “Sin is sweet in the beginning, but bitter in the end.”

Idioms

Bitter end - If you do something to the bitter end, you do it to the very end, no matter how unsuccessful you are.
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Usage

In literature:

None too soon, it had run out to the bitter end.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
He should have kept on rapidly and developed his fine idea to the bitter end.
"The Perfect Gentleman" by Ralph Bergengren
With a little more bitterness she would go to the end of the world with him.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
They bitterly resented the system of Strafford and of Laud; but the system was at an end.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
I wasn't built for a long span; my father's sins have made life bitter to me, and I thank God the end's near.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
There was nothing to be said and nothing to be done, saving to discharge one's duty to the bitter end.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
They loved a fight, it was their nature; and, rain or snow, wind or hail, they would watch it to the bitter end.
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
She could be thus casual in her answers to Miss Asenath, for with her no subject had pursuit unto a bitter end.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
Like Rabelais, he can use the pencil to greater ends under cover of the motley, and encase bitter truths with the gilt of a printed jest.
"The History of "Punch"" by M. H. Spielmann
The next speaker devoted his time to a fierce denunciation of the church, and ended with a bitter denial of the existence of God.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
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In poetry:

"Nay," you cry in bitter protest,
"Shall man have no perfect end,
No millennial culmination,
Toward which all the ages tend?
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
Weep, weep, for life,
For smiles that end in sighing,
For love whose quest hath never rest,
For worn hearts hourly dying;
Weep not, when silence locks the breath,
Life is the bitterness of death!
"For Music" by Menella Bute Smedley
Alyosha, till now we've been spared by the bullets.
But when (for the third time) my life seemed to end,
I yet still felt proud of the dearest of countries,
The great bitter land I was born to defend.
"Smolensk Roads" by Konstantin Simonov
Not to an angel but a friend
He turned at the day's bitter end.
It was so comforting to feel
Some one was near, to see him kneel
By the deep shell-hole's edge: to know
He was not left to the fierce foe.
"No Man's Land" by Katharine Tynan
But nivver let wealth, wi' its glamour an glitter,
Be th' chief end o' life or yo'll find when too lat,
'At th' fruits ov yor labor will all have turned bitter,
An th' pleasures yo hoped for are all stale an flat.
"Work Lads!" by John Hartley
We have dreamed throughout the night
Not of glory without end, But the whirlwind of the fight
Which the coming day would send ; We were tempted and we fell
To the bitter depths and then From the very maw of hell We have struggled back again.
"Ballad Of The Brave" by Henry Grantland Rice

In news:

For those like Bitter End coffeehouse regulars Ike and Len, retirement is a rich time of life .
DEL MAR – In a move that angered many teachers and parents, a bitterly divided Del Mar school board bought out Superintendent Tom Bishop's contract last night, ending his decade of leadership in the highly regarded elementary district.
In ' to the bitter end .
Congress Lame To The Bitter End .
'We are brothers to the bitter end '.
To Lori Wengert and anyone else who reads this: Please read this letter to the bitter end.
Things weren't going well for young Stefani Germanotta, an 18-year-old from the Upper West Side, at the Bitter End.
The Bitter End Album: Divide The Blackened Sky Release: March 26th, 2012.
CHICAGO — Ending a bitter campaign season by extending an olive branch.
One cleveland.com reader says the Indians should keep Shin-Soo Choo to the bitter end.
During Mr Bitter 's tenure he has provided a unique perspective on sports and has challenged his listeners to move to the front end of the learning curve instead of hanging out in the middle or back end.
MANCHESTER 3, PEMBERTON 0 Girls soccer: Bitter end to Pemberton's sweet season.
His term runs through 2014, and he faces a state that's still bitterly divided over his move to end collective bargaining rights for most public employees.
(1996-Present) S M T W T F S. Era of inexpensive oil is coming to a swift, bitter end, analysts say.
It was a bitter end for a season of struggles for Iowa, which went 13-19 overall.
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In science:

Of all parts of carrying out research, from having an idea, to scaring up money and colleagues, to the bitter end of going uncited, the least pleasant part is surely the proof reading.
Astrophysics in 2006
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