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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Louis stayed until the bitter end, made his way to the press box at fulltime and said: "Daddy, that was soooo boring
Newcastle fought until the bitter end for their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace with crucial blocks in the latter stages meaning the players deemed the result as a point gained at Selhurst Park last weekend.
Tonight's episode is a long slog, but we're ready to stick with this until the bitter end.
This vile excuse for a man never showed remorse for his heinous crimes and he remained evil until the bitter end.
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We had an excellent attitude and showed how much we are willing to fight until the bitter end to get a result.
Samsung fought until the bitter end to avoid paying Apple, but the company now says it will finally hand over the more than $548 million it owes for infringing the patents and designs of its biggest smartphone rival.
But Quinn feels the squad has the strength and depth to sustain a challenge and fight Ronny Deila's men 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.
Both Elshorbagy and Mueller fought until the bitter end in what turned out to be a thrilling match with both performing at their best.
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And with the match turning out to be an exciting battle, the fans stayed until the bitter end.