in the last resort

in the last resort

1. Ultimately; regardless of what happens or is the case. Even when you are at your wits end with your children, never forget to tell them that you love them in the last resort. It may feel like all our control is with the politicians in Washington, but, in the last resort, the power to elect these officials is in our hands.
2. As the most drastic possible action. Many fear that the president will, in the last resort, authorize a preemptive nuclear strike against the hostile foreign nation.
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in the last resort

FORMAL
COMMON You use in the last resort when stating the most basic or important fact that will still be true in a situation whatever else happens. They would in the last resort support their friends whatever they did. He was aware that, in the last resort, their authority depended on the control they had over the King.
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in the last resort

whatever else happens or is the case; ultimately.
1991 John Caldwell Oxford History of English Music In the last resort it was only Italian singers who could command the attention of the public in a large theatre.
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