Bitter End

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bitter end

[¦bid·ər ′end]
(naval architecture)
The end of a line or cable, especially the inboard end.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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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