till/until the bitter end

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till/until the bitter end

1. Until the point of completion or conclusion, even though it may be difficult, unpleasant, or take a long time to reach. Possibly of nautical origin, referring to the "bitts" on a dock to which a ship's ropes are moored. I'm not really enjoying this book, but I always make a point of sticking with a novel till the bitter end.
2. To the final or most critical extremity, such as death or total defeat. We might not have a chance of winning today, but we have to give it our all until the bitter end! My father stayed beside my dying mother's bed till the bitter end.
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Bosnia-Herzegovina fought until the bitter end for a way back into the tie, but Edin Dzeko and his team-mates simply could not find a way past the Irish defence.
And watching the final push were steelworkers whose professionalism and dedication has continued until the bitter end.
It's important they know we are up for the fight and we will fight for the school until the bitter end.
While the number of those left to fight dwindles every month, they may pass safe in the knowledge that others will take up their cause and fight until the bitter end, until the justice they deserved is administered.
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United put the smile back on their fans' faces following the 6-1 battering by Celtic the week before - despite leaving them hanging until the bitter end before finally returning to winning ways.
Despite the persistent heavy rainfall, most competitors stuck it out until the bitter end.
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But Department for Business documents have revealed some of those who had to remain until the bitter end this summer were also offered generous pay rises to keep them working, all approved by independent audit staff.
And with the match turning out to be an exciting battle, the fans stayed until the bitter end.
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Muammar Gaddafi already made it clear he intended to stay until the bitter end before the ICC process was set in motion, and his son's February vow to 'live and die in Libya' speaks for itself.
Arsene Wenger maintains his men will fight until the bitter end, but opportunities are now running out.