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bitter

  

      adj  
1    having or denoting an unpalatable harsh taste, as the peel of an orange or coffee dregs  
   Compare       sour       1  
2    showing or caused by strong unrelenting hostility or resentment: he was still bitter about the divorce  
3    difficult or unpleasant to accept or admit  
a bitter blow     
4    cutting; sarcastic  
bitter words     
5    bitingly cold  
a bitter night     
      adv  
6    very; extremely (esp. in the phrase bitter cold)  
      n  
7    a thing that is bitter  
8      (Brit)   beer with a high hop content, with a slightly bitter taste  
      vb  
9    to make or become bitter,   (See also)        bitters  
     (Old English biter; related to bitan to bite)  
  bitterly      adv  
  bitterness      n  


bitter apple  
      n      another name for       colocynth  
bitter end  
      n  
1    Nautical   the end of a line, chain, or cable, esp. the end secured in the chain locker of a vessel  
2   
a    to the bitter end   until the finish of a task, job, or undertaking, however unpleasant or difficult  
b    until final defeat or death  
     (C19: in both senses perhaps from bitt)  
Bitter Lakes  
      pl n   two lakes, the Great Bitter Lake and Little Bitter Lake in NE Egypt: part of the Suez Canal  
bitter orange  
      n      another name for       Seville orange  
bitter principle  
      n   any of various bitter-tasting substances, such as aloin, usually extracted from plants  
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exp.
go to the extreme; do everything that could be done; exhaust all possibilities and resources
exp.
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.

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