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
References in classic literature ?
I may not have strength enough, in the case supposed, to betray you by making a complete confession with my own lips; but I can employ my last breath to speak the half-dozen words which will tell the doctor where he is to look.
As with my last breath I command that this Slaughterer be torn limb from limb, he and all his tribe
That Indian, sir, is an inhabitant of an oppressed country; and I am still, and shall be, to my last breath, one of them
And I, my dear,' said Rachel, with a tremble in her voice, 'have known him through them all, to be, according to his quiet ways, so faithful to everything honest and good, that if he was never to be heard of more, and I was to live to be a hundred years old, I could say with my last breath, God knows my heart.
That if I died to-morrow, I would remember her with my last breath.
Earlier, the mum of two, from Kent who is thought to be in IS-held Raqqa, had warned: "England i came here to fight you & I will until my last breath.
I will fight, I will fight, I will fight until I take my last breath.
And two, if someone accused me of taking drugs, and my career was on the line because of it, I'd fight until my last breath to prove them wrong
And I have defended him to my last breath against countless cynics through the "ball-hogging," the Shaquille O'Neal situation, and even the trial.
Till My Last Breath is the true and inspiring story of Pastor Sunday Adelaja who left his come country of Nigeria to study journalism in Belarus, USSR.
Take, for example, a song like 1995's ``If I Die 2Nite'': ``I ain't happy here/I hope they bury me and send me to my rest/Headlines reading Murdered to Death, my last breath.
If the day comes when I leave Dundee it will be because I have decided, not anyone else, and it will not be until I have breathed my last breath.