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 final many minutes of the play would have us believe that the victim/actor Edward James Hyland, has triumphed over play, playwright and interrogator by refusing to follow the script, but that wasn't so: That unholy trio never stood a chance of losing, and Hyland and the entire audience sat where they were told and suffered in silence to the bitter end.