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

1905–10; last1 + ditch

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

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Example sentences
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
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.
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