last-gasp


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last-gasp

Final, usually drastic or risky, with failure as the only alternative. The home team is mounting one last-gasp attempt in the final seconds of the game to try to force an overtime showdown. In a last-gasp effort to avoid a government shutdown, congress has pushed forward a new spending bill.

last gasp

The moment before death; also, the end. For example, "Fight till the last gasp" (Shakespeare, 1 Henry VI, 1:2), or He was determined to stay at the party until the last gasp. This idiom alludes to taking one's last breath, literally (first example) or figuratively (second example). [Late 1500s]
See also: gasp, last
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Little Pea, as he is famously known as, said he is in love with the late wins his team achieves so many times, adding the atmosphere during a last-gasp win is amazing.
Danny May also went close for the home side before Tuohy grabbed his last-gasp equaliser.
Fresh fromtheir last-gasp derby win over St Helens, the Super League champions cruised to victory with the aid of tries from Pat Richards, Josh Charnley, Joel Tomkins, Sam Tomkins and Sean O'Loughlin and thwarted every attack from the home side.
Willenhall Town also suffered last-gasp heartache in losing 2-1 at Sheffield FC in Division One South.
The Freddie Head-trained Marchand D'Or leapt to the head of the sprinters' category after his last-gasp success in the July Cup took him to 48 points, eight more than Equiano, who won the King's Stand Stakes for Spain before joining Barry Hills.
TURKEY striker Colin Kazim-Kazim is adamant the last-gasp goal which sent Germany into the Euro 2008 final on Sunday should not have counted.
Palace suffered a last-gasp 2-1 defeat in the home leg on Saturday but Warnock says the tie is far from over.
WOLVES boss Mick McCarthy praised the Molineux fans who stuck by Andy Keogh and got their reward with the striker's last-gasp equaliser against in-form QPR.
Martin O'Neill could be forgiven for his muscle man impression as he jumps for joy after Villa's last-gasp win over Birmingham City yesterday.
A LAST-GASP goal from Gabriel Agbonlahor earned Aston Villa a place in the last 16 of the Carling Cup at Leicester last night.
In England, the London Times repeated the phrase in capital letters the next day with the lead sentence, "The Episcopal Church in America descended into chaos last night after leading bishops on both the liberal and conservative wings disassociated themselves from a last-gasp effort to avert a schism with the worldwide Anglican communion.
It's the opening prayer at each of our meetings,'' Stern deadpanned, hours after last-gasp talks yet again failed to save the hockey season.
And immediately after Woods made his last-gasp birdie at the 18th to cut the lead to two, Campbell answered with a 22-footer for birdie at 17 to give himself a 3-shot cushion with one hole left.