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last-ditch

[last-ditch, lahst-] /ˈlæstˈdɪttʃ, ˈlɑst-/
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
1905-1910
1905-10; last1 + ditch
Related forms
last-ditcher, noun
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Examples for last-ditch
  • But the more serious threat comes from semiautonomous machines over which humans retain nothing more than last-ditch veto power.
  • He knows the smell of me and he's going to make a last-ditch try to get you back.
  • Several panel members attended a last-ditch meeting at mid-day.
  • Or as a last-ditch effort after trying everything modern medicine has to offer.
  • On the one hand are gastroenterologists, who are trained to rely on medicines and may consider surgery a last-ditch effort.
  • National bankruptcy looms and last-ditch attempts to avert it are stalled by partisan infighting.
  • His doctors continued to throw one last-ditch treatment after another at him.
  • All that remains to be discussed is the videodisc dimension, the last-ditch resort of an art in retreat.
  • Searching may be their last-ditch effort to complete a task.
  • As a last-ditch effort, the village incorporated into a municipality.
British Dictionary definitions for last-ditch

last-ditch

noun
1.
(modifier) made or done as a last desperate attempt or effort in the face of opposition
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Slang definitions & phrases for last-ditch

last-ditch

modifier

Ultimate; final and heroic: They pumped themselves up for a last-ditch effort

[1940s+; fr earlier last-ditcher, ultimately fr die in the last ditch, ''die at the last defense line,'' found by 1715 and attributed to William of Orange]


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