To the bitter end

What does "To the bitter end" mean?

Today it means: Keep going, press on no matter what, until the last

The "bitter end" is where the anchor warp or chain is attached to the ship to stop it going over the side with the anchor. It isn't normal to lay out all the anchor chain so you would leave some in the chain locker and lay it out only if things got worse. If things got so bad and you had to lay out all your chain so that there was no more left in the locker then you were at "the bitter end" and could lay out no more chain.

   

By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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