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fall at the final hurdle

To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very end of the attempt. Negotiations between the two warring countries fell at the final hurdle due to disagreements over cross-border taxation.
See also: fall, final, hurdle

final cut

The completed and finalized edited version of a film, as authorized by its director and producer. We finished shooting last week, but it will likely be another several months before we're ready with the final cut.
See also: cut, final

final nail in the coffin

An event, decision, action, etc., that seals, confirms, or ultimately leads to the failure of a situation or event that has already begun to fail. The candidate's uncouth comments toward the lower class were the final nail in the coffin of an already foundering campaign.
See also: coffin, final, nail

the Final Solution

The Nazi program of annihilating all Jews in Europe during the reign of the Third Reich, an act of mass genocide that led to the murder of more than six million Jews. My great-grandfather was one of only a few Jews in his city to survive the Final Solution in Germany during World War II.
See also: final, solution

(one's) final resting place

The location where one's body is interred after death. After I die, I want my ashes to be buried with the seed of an oak, so that instead of a headstone, I might have a new, living tree mark my final resting place.
See also: final, place, resting

final hurrah

A last action before one ceases to do something. It's so good to see all of you at this meeting, my final hurrah before retirement. But this performance is your final hurrah before graduation—you have to do it!
See also: final, hurrah

in the final analysis

When everything has been considered; when all the facts are known or the truth has come to light. In the final analysis, it is the lowest earners in society who have been worst hit by this economic downturn. Rebarbative though he may be, in the final analysis, his dismissal comes down to his incompetency at the job.
See also: analysis, final

have the final word

1. To say the final words in an argument or discussion, especially ones that decisively or conclusively end it. The whole meeting just descended into chaos as everyone tried to have the final word. David is so smug and always has to have the final word in every debate.
2. To have the authority to decide how something ultimately happens or is done. As the editor in chief, I have the final word on the layout design for every issue.
See also: final, have, word

the final curtain

The end or the final part, especially after a lengthy existence. I'm afraid that after 50 years in business, this is the final curtain.
See also: curtain, final

the final straw

The last in a series of negative actions or events that makes the situation no longer tolerable. I'm already fed up with your lazy, selfish behavior, Jim, but if you can't be bothered to come with me to my own mother's funeral, well that will be the final straw!
See also: final, straw

have the final say

1. To say the final words in an argument or discussion, especially ones that decisively or conclusively end it. The whole meeting just descended into chaos as everyone tried to have the final say. David is so smug and always has to have the final say in every debate.
2. To have the authority to decide how something ultimately happens or is done. As the editor in chief, I have the final say on the layout design for every issue.
See also: final, have, say

final fling

Fig. the last act or period of enjoyment before a change in one's circumstances or lifestyle. You might as well have a final fling before the baby's born. Mary's going out with her girlfriends for a final fling. She's getting married next week.
See also: final, fling

in the final analysis

 and in the last analysis
in truth; when all the facts are known; when the truth becomes known. (Usually used when someone is speculating about what the final outcome will be.) In the final analysis, it is usually the children who suffer most in a situation like this. In the last analysis, you simply do not want to do as you are told!
See also: analysis, final

*last word

 and *final word; *final say
Fig. the final point (in an argument); the final decision (in some matter). (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give some one ~.) The boss gets the last word in hiring. Why do you always have to have the final word in an argument?
See also: last, word

one final word

 and one final thing
Fig. a phrase introducing a parting comment or the last item in a list. John: One final word—keep your chin up. Mary: Good advice! And one final thing, don't haul around a lot of expensive camera stuff. It just tells the thieves who to rob.
See also: final, one, word

in the final analysis

Also, in the last analysis. When all things are considered. For example, In the final analysis we must find ways to improve our sales, or I can, in the last analysis, talk only about my own work. This expression was at first put as in the ultimate analysis. [Late 1700s]
See also: analysis, final

the last straw


the final straw

COMMON If you say that something is the last straw or the final straw, you mean it is the latest in a series of bad events, and it makes you unable to deal with a situation any longer. An increase in mortgage rates could be the last straw for thousands of borrowers. The relationship had been in trouble for a while and Jack's behaviour that night was just the final straw. Compare with the straw that breaks the camel's back.
See also: last, straw

the last word


the final word

COMMON If someone has the last word or the final word in a discussion or argument, they are the one who wins it or who makes the final decision. She does like to have the last word in any discussion. The final word will come from the Secretary of State.
See also: last, word

in the final analysis

when everything has been considered (used to suggest that the following statement expresses the basic truth about a complex situation).
See also: analysis, final

the last (or final) straw

a further difficulty or annoyance, typically minor in itself but coming on top of a whole series of difficulties, that makes a situation unbearable.
The full version of this is the proverb the last straw breaks the camel's back . The modern form is traceable to Charles Dickens in Dombey and Son ( 1848 ), but earlier versions are recorded, including a mid 17th-century reference to the last feather breaking a horse's back .
See also: last, straw

in the ˌlast/ˌfinal aˈnalysis

used to say what is most important after everything has been discussed or considered: In the final analysis, humour is a matter of individual interpretation.
See also: analysis, final, last

the ˌlast ˈword (in something)

the most recent, most fashionable, etc. of its type: They say that this new car is the last word in luxury.This is the last word in computer technology.
See also: last, word

be the last/final ˈstraw

(also be the ˌstraw that breaks the camel’s ˈback) be the last in a series of bad events, etc. that makes it impossible for you to accept a situation any longer: I’ve had a terrible day, and this traffic is the last straw, I can’t take any more.
See also: final, last, straw

your/the last/final ˈword (on/about something)

your, etc. final decision or statement about something: ‘Will you take £900?’ ‘No, £1 000 and that’s my last word.’Is that your final word on the matter?
See also: final, last, word


/last straw
The final annoyance or setback, which even though minor makes one no longer able to endure something.
References in classic literature ?
As the controversies proceeded, Wiclif was brought at last to formulate the principle, later to be basal in the whole Protestant movement, that the final source of religious authority is not the Church, but the Bible.
Happiness, or the hope of happiness, was the one end for which man existed, for one who suffered, and who suffered without hope, death ceased to be an evil, and became a good, and suicide became a final act of wisdom.
As yet hath the hour of my final struggle not come to me--or doth it come to me perhaps just now?
THE Huddersfield Billiards and Snooker Association's Veterans final will be staged at PPG Canalside tomorrow (1.
The Coyotes swept the league titles at the Frontier League finals Thursday at Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village.
Wrestling: 4pm-11pm - Women's 48kg Freestyle: Qualifications, 1/8 Finals, Quarterfinals, Semi-finals, - Repechage & Bronze, Gold Medal Final.
Even a great game from Nets' star guard can't stop Lakers from taking 3-0 lead in NBA FINALS.
Brunskill's second title was in the Division one Singles where he beat Adam Smith in the quarter-finals, Kader's Michael Young in the semi-final by 3-1 and Ormesby's Karina Lefevre by 3-1 in the final.
I and II finals run since 2000 have resulted in a restart because of a runner falling.
Parker Pen Shield Qualifying for quarter-finals - 1 point Winning quarter-final - 1 point Winning semi-final - 1 point Winning final - 2 points Potential total - 7 points
Grand Final of the Only FIFA Sanctioned Virtual Football Tournament to Take Place in Amsterdam on December 9(th)
The meet, which features swimmers from the San Fernando Valley-based CCAT club team, as well as the Conejo Valley-based Class Aquatics, will be conducted under a prelims and finals format, with the prelims beginning each day at 9 a.
ATHLETICS: All 4x100m and 4x400m finals, women's high jump final, women's javelin final, women's 1500m final, men's 1500m and 5000m finals: 6-11am.
In addition to the 15 to 20 minute full game recaps available for each 2006 Playoffs game, during The Finals, fans will also be able to purchase complete game replays of every Finals game the day after they air on ABC.
He rebounded by qualifying for his first Southern Section and CIF/SCGA finals, won a State Amateur qualifier with a 68, won the Ventura City Championship at 65-69 and came within a stroke of qualifying for the SCGA Amateur final.