last-ditch attempt

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last-ditch attempt

A final effort or attempt to solve a problem or avoid failure or defeat, especially after a series of failures or setbacks. The home team is mounting one last-ditch attempt in the final seconds of the game to try to force an overtime showdown. In a last-ditch attempt to avoid a government shutdown, congress has pushed forward a new spending bill.
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Helen Davies, who has had cancer in her heart, lungs, spine and sternum, was told to take a special drug known as Kadcyla in a last-ditch attempt to prolong her life.
In a last-ditch attempt to save the situ, David suggests they sort it out between them, but Callum's not having it.
Berlin, Muharram 12, 1436, Nov 5, 2014, SPA -- German train drivers on Wednesday rejected a last-ditch attempt by the national railway company, Deutsche Bahn, to head off a more than four-day strike that could cost the firm 50 million to 60 million euros (62.
BALFOUR Beatty spurned a last-ditch attempt by Carillion to keep alive the prospect of a PS3billion merger.
This last-ditch attempt to hoodwink Northern voters just proves the Tories have come to the end of the line.
Summary: Latest remarks come as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators prepare to meet with US envoy, in last-ditch attempt to save peace talks from collapse.
Sagna (below) is out of contract this summer and can sign a pre-contract agreement before the end of the season - but Arsenal are hoping one last-ditch attempt can break the deadlock.
It is the last-ditch attempt by India's Congress party to slam the brakes on its unstoppable slide into the maw of defeat.
He held a series of meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders in a last-ditch attempt to secure a framework agreement.
ROBERTO MARTINEZ is hoping he will still be able to complete a deal to be reunited with Arouna Kone despite a last-ditch attempt by Newcastle United to hijack the move.
ROBERTO Martinez is hoping he will still be able to complete a deal for striker Arouna Kone despite a last-ditch attempt by Newcastle United to hijack the move.
After hours of searching, the 20-year-old took to his Facebook page in a last-ditch attempt to recover information about the dog - publishing a photo and some details of her last-known location.
bid is a last-ditch attempt to stay relevant as a leader after years of failed peace talks with Israel, at a time when his Islamic militant Hamas rivals are gaining ground.
Meanwhile, David Cameron made a last-ditch attempt to avert the disruption when he visited Birmingham yesterday.
RANGERS yesterday failed in a last-ditch attempt to have Kevin Thomson's red card from the Co-op Cup Final overturned when ref Craig Thomson confirmed he was happy with his original decision.