Bitter End

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bitter end

[¦bid·ər ′end]
(naval architecture)
The end of a line or cable, especially the inboard end.

Bitter End


(in Russian, zhvaka-gals, from the Dutch zwak-hals), a device for securing the inboard end of the anchor chain to the hull of the ship. The bitter end consists of a short segment of chain secured to the hull of the ship with a hinged hook connecting it to the anchor chain. The expression “slacken to the bitter end” means to let the anchor chain out all the way. On-the-spot or remote release of the bitterend hook in an emergency frees the ship of the anchor.

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The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street in New York City, will be host to another live event -- a book premiere -- featuring novelist Jack Engelhard and a premiere party for his latest novel The Days of the Bitter End.
Because Bitter End is such a unique property, we needed to have a representative who is not only deeply knowledgeable about the resort and the British Virgin Islands, but someone who also has strong relationships in the UK and European travel industry," commented Dana Hokin, Bitter End Managing Partner and Owner.
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but I'm staying put and will watch until the bitter end.
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