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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He was a conscientious and honest worker from he was a young lad till the bitter end, working until age 75, although he could have received pension earlier.
Royals are sweating on the fitness of skipper Liam Moore, who dislocated his shoulder during the second half in the win over the Latics but stayed on till the bitter end.
Indeed, the determination of Daesh to plant the seeds of a new generation of fighters and to keep a tight grip on people's lives till the bitter end ought to give pause to those who think it is time to move on from the story.
The Chinese ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily warned that in this battle with the US "China is ready to fight till the bitter end."
"You, your mum and dad fought till the bitter end but it wasn't meant to be.
We discovered something golden when you take kids you don't need to stay till the bitter end.
Then tau no matter how bore the company, how ganda the food, how far the house, you come at the theek time and you stay till the bitter end. Haina?
I still believe a last-minute agreement is possible after both Athens and Brussels have shown to their respective audiences at home that they have fought till the bitter end. But even then, restoring trust inside the EU will be a long and uphill struggle.
"The most important message I will take away from those fights is to always have that attitude, fight till the bitter end and to believe in yourself."
The reward for staying till the bitter end is a piping hot bowl of holiday warmth.
The pantomime performed by the political charlatans of AKEL -- appropriately described as brainless by the Archbishop -- had to continue till the bitter end, yet the truth is that if they had their way, the co-ops would not have opened again.
You would rather die, and fight till the bitter end."
As long as you don't pressure the birds too hard they will hang around till the bitter end, allowing you to shoot the same field every couple days without forcing birds to make the decision to fly further south.
London, Mar 12( ANI ): Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has vowed to keep fighting till the bitter end to claim the club's first title since 1968 after losing their top spot to rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
"Directors and clients now have the expectation that they can be working on every shot right till the bitter end," he says.