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bitter end

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Living, just by itself—what a dirge that is! Life is a classroom and Boredom's the usher, there all the time to spy on you; whatever happens, you've got to look as if you were awfully busy all the time doing something that's terribly exciting—or he'll come along and nibble your brain.
Louis-Ferdinand Celine
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English

Noun

bitter end

  1. (nautical) that part of an anchor cable which is abaft the bitts and thus remains onboard when a ship is riding at anchor
    Note: To pay out a rope to the bitter end means to pay it all out
  2. (idiomatic) The end of a long and difficult process.

Usage notes

Some see the idiomatic use as a corruption of the nautical one.

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