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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Mr Farmer, who is also currently the president of Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Club which meets at the centre, said he will defend the playing fields until the bitter end. "They have a fight on their hands if they think they can take that land away and start building on it," he said.
And Wolves will expect to be in the market until the bitter end.
That was the one big thing that I would be proud of, that they stuck at it and fought until the bitter end."
Hearts left the field to a deafening chorus of jeers from those away fans who had stayed until the bitter end.
De Minaur, ranked 45th in the world, pushed seventh-ranked Cilic until the bitter end, saving seven match points as he rallied from 5-2 down in the fifth set before finally succumbing after four hours on court.
THE RACECOURSE 12.30pm WREXHAM v AFC FYLDE WREXHAM interim boss Andy Davies insists his side will fight until the bitter end despite their realistic play-off hopes having now gone.
"The creation, development and success of the centre stands as testament to his self-less love and devotion to the animal community of Bahrain and was his greatest motivation to fight until the bitter end.
The African side took the lead in the first quarter with 14-11 and then clung on until the bitter end with a score of 57-37.
Livingston get three goals today and we keep going until the bitter end and we get a point.
Harriet (Shirley MacLaine) is a successful, retired businesswoman who wants to control everything around her until the bitter end. To make sure her life story is told her way, she pays off her local newspaper to have her obituary written in advance under her watchful eye.
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.
But if an interview Thursday is any indication, that's not going to stop him from running for president until the bitter end. 
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.