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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]
See also: last, resort
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They were all staying at The Last Resort in the Sindhupalchok district.
The bank said that it would assume the lender of last resort function this month, a role that it last played during the country's hyper inflationary period in 2008, and when the Zimbabwean dollar was still in use.
United Left Alliance TD Joan Collins criticised the move saying proposals to tackle mortgage arrears promised repossessions would be a last resort.
The deployment of armed forces and the use specifically of military means are also only permissible as a last resort in such a situation," the judges said.
But the leaders of Parliament also believed that the absence of a codified authority to act as lender of last resort would not keep the Bank of England from doing so when necessity commanded.
Lagarde added that the state should only be involved in bank recapitalisations as a last resort.
We wonder, isn't direction the last resort for flop actors?
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.
Look no further - Dick's Last Resort has arrived in Baltimore's world famous Inner Harbor entertainment district.
Entitled The Last Resort, the show was set in a Holiday Camp in the 1950s, similar to the one in the TV comedy Hi-de-Hi
Summary: Children are being held in immigration removal centres for too long and should be detained only as a last resort, MPs said today.
We have taken this decision as a last resort when the team is not playing well," explained Blanc.
1) The question remains as to whether physician-assisted death--that is, providing terminally ill patients with a potentially lethal prescription that they could ingest on their own to relieve otherwise intractable suffering by directly hastening death--should be one of these last resort options.
The last resort policy has not really been tested, but the no-resort practice will come under increasing stress as the county road fund shrinks and low-cost inmate labor vanishes.
One solution is to create a "lender of last resort," a private or public entity that would stabilize collapsing markets by purchasing securities in those markets.