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  • noun The end of a rope that is not used to make a knot.


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  • A ropeworker's term referring to the end of a rope not involved in making a knot, often shown as unfinished. The opposite end is called the bitter end, the end that is tied off. A bitt is a metal block with a crosspin, found on docks and used for attaching lines.

    January 14, 2008