the/(one's) last breath

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the/(one's) last breath

1. The final moment before one dies; the last period of one's life. Even though my grandfather's lungs were riddled with cancer and emphysema, he remained a smoker until his very last breath.
2. The last moment before a person or group ultimately fails or must give up. We might be down by 10 points, but we have to keep on fighting to the last breath! Even as their stocks plummeted, the company maintained a public image of success right to their last breath.
See also: breath, last
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that last breath matters - but it was never intended for us to decide when the last breath is breathed.
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PANJGUR -- Secretary General of BNP(A) and candidate from PB-42 and 43, Mir Asad Baloch has stated that he will continue to serve masses till his last breath and attacks on his life cannot his resolve for parliamentary struggle for Baloch cause.
Karunanidhi-led DMK withdrew its support over the Lankan Tamils issue, saying the ruling Congress Party at the Centre has almost been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and is taking its last breath.
Her eyes were open and I saw her hand move and then I think I saw her last breath and then the light went out, she'd gone.
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In a statement to NINA, Hasnawi said "we will resist the occupation to the last breath, even if there was political accordance on the extension.
One in particular was his belief that the human soul left the body with its last breath.