a last-ditch stand/attempt/effort

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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.
See also: attempt

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

a ˌlast-ditch ˈstand/atˈtempt/ˈeffort

a final attempt to avoid defeat: They are making a last-ditch stand to save the company.This is a last-ditch attempt to stop the strike. Ditch in this idiom refers to a long channel built to defend an area against attack.
See also: attempt, effort, stand
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WAYNE CITY Just when it looked like the North Clay (Louisville) Cardinals might make a last-ditch stand, Crab Orchard parlayed some tough defense and clutch free-throw shooting into a 68-50 win in the 64th Annual Conrad Allen Wayne City Holiday Tournament Saturday.
This holiday season, I'm making a last-ditch stand, a Doug Flutie pass, a do-or-die attempt to find the One Honey Cake to Rule Them All.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chair Butch Ramirez will make a last-ditch stand to settle the controversy surrounding Mary Joy Tabal's participation in the Southeast Asian Games.
The Bolts seemed to have put a lock on the game a lot earlier, leading by 10 with under two minutes remaining before the Aces came up with their last-ditch stand that had Alaska creeping to within three.
David Cameron will make a last-ditch stand against the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker for European Commission president on Friday, enforcing a point of principle that raises the risk of Britain leaving the European Union.
NNA - David Cameron will make a last-ditch stand against the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker for European Commission president on Friday, enforcing a point of principle that raises the risk of Britain leaving the European Union.
Garw SGBC are making a last-ditch stand to avoid relegation as they defeated visitors Tongwynlais 5-1.
Botho Strauss defends the very sort of immersive reading Andersch opposes, as a last-ditch stand against the post-modern dissolution of everything into mediatedness, while simultaneously rather revelling in it.
SECRETS of an astonishing last-ditch stand by Scots heroes fighting off hordes of Taliban can be revealed today.
The bombing incident in northeastern Sri Lanka came after the refugee exodus from the ''no fire zone'' where the separatist rebels are holding out in a last-ditch stand intensified over the weekend.
Mr Blair and Mr Touhig should reflect on the number of miners who died of their respiratory illness, without receiving a single penny compensation, while Blair's Government was spending millions of taxpayers' money on its last-ditch stand in the High Court against desperately sick miners.
With the German army advancing through London, Longmate depicts Prime Minister Winston Churchill as the last defender in a last-ditch stand on Downing Street.
Horgan and Hodgson directed a last-ditch stand on their own line to keep the hosts at bay.
The Newcastle defence mounted a last-ditch stand to ensure their season ended with their first league win since December 28 and that Rotherham returned to Division One without a single success in the top flight.