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Bit­ter End

Where does the “bit­ter” of the ex­pres­sion “to the bit­ter end” come from?

From the tim­ber to which the an­chor rope or chain of early sail­ing ships was fas­tened. It was called the “bitt”; and when the an­chor was let out as far as the line or chain could go, it was played out “to the bit­ter end.”

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