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 ?
The beats of her heart grew fainter and fainter, and vaguer, like a fountain giving out, like an echo dying away;--and when she exhaled her last breath, she thought she saw in the half-opened heavens a gigantic parrot hovering above her head.
She stole from the corpse, when it had hardly turned to one, that which the dead mother had prayed her, with her last breath, to keep for the infant's sake.
In that last outburst of joy her last breath had passed.
Jahan then went on to say that Shami is a "big flirt" and has not "treated me like his wife" before adding that she will not divorce him till her last breath.
USA], Feb 27 (ANI): Comedian Bill Cosby's daughter Ensa took her last breath at the age of 44 in Massachusetts.
The minister observed that Benazir Bhutto fought for the restoration of democracy and the people's right to rule till her last breath and the void created by her death in the politics of Pakistan would never be filled.
Deepti's younger sister Neetu said, " Pawan tortured my sister till her last breath.
A WOMAN has told a jury she thought she had taken her last breath when she was allegedly attacked and throttled by a man.
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.
Warda angrily stated during an interview with an Algerian newspaper that she will sing till her last breath and no one can stop her from doing so.
At the same time, a child takes his or her last breath and dies as their parents fall to their knees literally begging God for help, but to no avail.
A BRUTAL killer stabbed his partner to death then had a kebab and watched her take her last breath.
My daughter fought until her last breath, as have thousands of others, including Jane Tomlinson, but character and spirit didn't save them.
She took her last breath Saturday, a week after the dedication of the Foreman Youth Center.