Definition of last-ditch in English:



  • Denoting a final attempt to achieve something after all else has failed.

    ‘a last-ditch effort to break the deadlock’
    • ‘The smear campaigns were shown to be just that - the last-ditch effort of desperate individuals to throw the vote.’
    • ‘A year ago today, she was undergoing a transatlantic bone marrow transplant in a last-ditch attempt to beat leukaemia.’
    • ‘Arbitrators have been called in as a last-ditch attempt to avert strike action by hundreds of Yorkshire miners.’
    • ‘And she has come to the American capital in a last-ditch attempt to preserve her people's unique way of life.’
    • ‘Because last week a last-ditch attempt to save the centre failed.’
    • ‘In the meantime I am going to replace my blood with Lucozade as a last-ditch attempt to make it through the week without expiring.’
    • ‘Cotswold people are urged to join a last-ditch attempt to save the Alderman Knight special school in Tewkesbury.’
    • ‘A Lord and Lady are leading a last-ditch attempt to save a 19th century building from demolition.’
    • ‘The last-ditch attempt by the so-called Old Guard of the committee now appears to have back-fired.’
    • ‘Station staff were so determined to rescue the tortoiseshell cat they even stopped a train in a last-ditch attempt.’
    • ‘York council planners are making a last-ditch attempt to stop an amusement arcade being opened in a city high street.’
    • ‘But there is still time for the papers to make last-ditch attempts to rally readers to their causes.’
    • ‘Talks began on July 14 between the union and employers in a last-ditch attempt to rescue the pay deal.’
    • ‘A last-ditch attempt to reverse the move was narrowly defeated after a furious town hall debate.’
    • ‘In a last-ditch attempt to get the ball rolling, we contacted our solicitor in Dublin for advice.’
    • ‘She enrolled on the training scheme as a last-ditch attempt to do something with her life.’
    • ‘Not even their spirited last-ditch attempt to corner the gay market can save them.’
    • ‘Some even have to be given morphine in a last-ditch attempt to cure their addiction.’
    • ‘They threw everything they had at the last-ditch rescue effort as Currie struggled to move play more than five yards from their own line.’
    • ‘This woman had gone to see her ex-husband in a last-ditch attempt to ‘give it another go’.’
    last-minute, last-chance, eleventh-hour, last-resort, desperate, frantic, frenzied, wild, struggling, straining, final, extreme, all-out, do-or-die
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