bitter end definition

  • noun:
    • one last, painful, or devastating extremity.
    • Nautical The inboard end of a chain, rope, or cable, particularly the end of a rope or cable that's wound around a bitt.
    • that section of an anchor cable that will be abaft the bitts and therefore continues to be inboard when a ship is operating at anchor
    • the termination of a long and tough process.
    • the final six fathoms of anchor sequence before the point of attachment within the chain locker of modern U.S.naval vessels, with your six fathoms often painted blue, white and red to warn deckie's of the end of readily available anchor chain.
    • that part of a cable that is abaft the bitts, so within board, once the ship trips at anchor.
    • Nautical, that section of a cable which is abaft the bitts, and therefore within board, whenever ship rides at anchor.
    • (nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable particularly the end that is wound around a bitt
    • the final extremity (however unpleasant it might be)

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