Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably

last-ditch effort

A desperate final attempt, as in We're making a last-ditch effort to finish on time. This expression alludes to the military sense of last ditch, “the last line of defense.” Its figurative use dates from the early 1800s.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for last-ditch effort
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples

Word of the Day

Word Value for last

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for last-ditch effort