last-ditch effort

last-ditch effort

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 effort in the final seconds of the game to try to force an overtime showdown. In a last-ditch effort to avoid a government shutdown, congress has pushed forward a new spending bill meant to plug the debt ceiling for another year.
See also: effort

*last-ditch effort

Fig. a final effort; the last possible attempt. (*Typically: be ~; have ~; make ~.) I made one last-ditch effort to get her to stay. It was a last-ditch effort. I didn't expect it to work.
See also: effort

last-ditch effort

A desperate final attempt, as in We're making a last-ditch effort to finish on time. This expression alludes to the military sense of last ditch, "the last line of defense." Its figurative use dates from the early 1800s.
See also: effort
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AN ex-bishop who abused 18 young men and aspiring priests over 30 years has finally admitted his guilt after a last-ditch effort to throw his case out on the word of a former Archbishop of Canterbury failed.
According to Sport24, Hodge's innings of 21 not out off eight balls won him the Man of the Match award and his last-ditch effort trumped hard-hitting innings of 41 not out by South Africa's Quinton de Kock and 40 by Australian opener David Warner.
His scheduled fight against Brandon Rios in November will apparently be his last-ditch effort to regain grace and respect from all his fans he twice disappointed.
In 2003 the star had a Narcan implant, which is usually placed in the arm as a last-ditch effort to counteract the effect of drugs and stop overdoses.
Summary: The price of crude rose Friday, following stock markets in Asia higher hours ahead of a last-ditch effort in Washington for political leaders to strike a budget deal before the year-end deadline.
Philipp Perlmann turns to plagiarism in a last-ditch effort to complete his keynote address.
With a couple of days to go, the organisers tried to distribute free tickets in a last-ditch effort to get people to go.
OUTDOOR retailer Blacks Leisure has put itself up for sale - in a last-ditch effort to save the loss-making business from collapse.
THE UK's biggest outdoor retailer, Blacks Leisure, put itself up for sale yesterday in a last-ditch effort to save the loss-making business from collapse.
The UK's biggest outdoor retailer, Blacks Leisure, put itself up for sale today in a last-ditch effort to save the loss-makins g business from collapse.
Medics are using the treatment as a last-ditch effort for patients who don't respond to normal medication.
CDATA[ Germany's foreign minister goes to Ramallah in a last-ditch effort to convince PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to abandon the UN statehood bid.
Supporters of each of the five candidates for the Labour leadership are making a last-ditch effort to secure votes before polling closes.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei stressed on Wednesday that arrogant powers feel helpless in their confrontation against the worldwide Muslim movement and resort to every action in a last-ditch effort.
Five Ulamas or Muslim clergymen are now trying to establish contact with the Abu Sayyaf group for the release of Swiss Andreas Notter and Italian Eugenio Vagni," Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan said, adding, "This is our last-ditch effort to secure the safe release of the two hostages as peacefully as possible.