last ditch

last-ditch

[last-ditch, lahst-]
adjective
1.
done finally in desperation to avoid defeat, failure, disaster, etc.: a last-ditch attempt to avert war.
2.
fought with every resource at one's command: a last-ditch battle for the pennant.

Origin:
1905–10; last1 + ditch

last-ditcher, noun
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last-ditch
 
n
(modifier) made or done as a last desperate attempt or effort in the face of opposition

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