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last resort

The only remaining option that may help one or be of any use after all other options have been exhausted. I didn't really want to ask Mr. Stadler to write my college recommendation, but he's my last resort at this point.
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last resort

A final expedient or recourse to achieve some end or settle a difficulty. For example, If you don't improve, we'll try this new medication as a last resort. This term originally referred to a court of law from which there was no appeal. [Late 1600s]
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(as) a last reˈsort

a thing you decide to do when everything else has failed: Nobody wanted to lend me the money. As a last resort I asked my brother-in-law, and luckily he was able to help me.
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Out of sheer political spite the Tory Government smashed up and outsourced the publicly-owned provider of last resort, Directly Operated Railways, and that act of mindless industrial vandalism has now come back to haunt themMick Cash
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Furthermore, in line with the national payments system strategy, we are addressing settlement risks in the payments system, by signalling that the Central Bank will cease its implicit role of lender last resort to the payments system.
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The development comes just days after Finance Minister Michael Noonan and the Central Bank announced new measures to deal with the mortgage arrears crisis, in which it was promised home repossessions would be a last resort.
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THE German army can use force inside the country, but only in exceptional cases and as a last resort, the country's top court has said.
This is the last resort in a long battle for a fair deal and decent treatment for our members.
The ECB's refusal to be a lender of last resort forced the creation of a surrogate institution, the European Financial Stability Mechanism.
Lagarde added that the state should only be involved in bank recapitalisations as a last resort.
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The 27-year-old has struggled with the stress fracture-related problem for much of this year and the England and Wales Cricket board described the surgery, which will sideline Onions for up to nine months, as a last resort.
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