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bitter end

The last extremity; also, death or ruin. For example, I'm supporting the union's demands to the bitter end, or Even though they fight a lot, I'm sure Mom and Dad will stay together to the bitter end . The source of this term may have been nautical, a bitter being a turn of a cable around posts, or bitts, on a ship's deck, and the bitter end meaning "the part of the cable that stays inboard." Thus, when a rope is paid out to the bitter end, no more remains. [Mid-1800s]
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The book premiere party will include Engelhard signing copies of The Days of the Bitter End, and feature the legendary TV and radio personality Joe Franklin and his sidekick Richie Ornstein with The Bitter End Memory Lane Revue.
At a young age, I was fortunate enough to be able to take the helm," said Dana Hokin, Bitter End Managing Partner and Owner.
Preparations are well underway for the much anticipated 20th Annual Pro Am Regatta, being held at Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands, October 28 - November 4, 2006.
I am pleased to welcome resort industry veteran Mikhail Shamkin to the Bitter End family.
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Robert Cutarella has produced albums for GRP/MCA, Sony, Polygram and Bitter End, is constantly searching for talent that can be placed in other areas of entertainment such as television or films.
A shocked pal said: "It seems an old flame just could not let go of her until the bitter end.
Julie was a tough cookie who fought to the bitter end, and I wasn't going to let her go out this way,'' Wong said Wednesday.
With no possibility of outside interference, run-in characters or weapons, opponents must battle against their worst enemy to the bitter end.
But no matter - the political machinations, blackmail and backstabbing continue to the bitter end as rogue cop Vic Mackey forms an uneasy alliance with sleazy city councilman Aceveda in a bid to save his job.
The Ducks made Craig Hartsburg proud as they fought the two-time Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings to the bitter end in a 3-0 loss before 17,174 at the Pond on Tuesday night.
In the meantime, guests who had already been booked during the September through November period will be offered transfers to either Bitter End or Little Dix Bay, two other Virgin Gorda resorts.
It marks a bitter end to Warnock's seven-and-ahalf year reign at the club he has supported since he was a boy.
Robinson won't discuss details of the bitter end at USC, but he admits a fresh beginning was better for all in the long run.
While people like Emile Heskey and Dwight Yorke went home, they stayed till the bitter end.