the last gasp of

the last gasp of something

the end of a particular period or process This period witnessed the decline and last gasp of the British Empire.
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I own thy speechless, placeless power; but to the last gasp of my earthquake life will dispute its unconditional, unintegral mastery in me.
Uncovering recent assassination attempts aimed at security officials and the string of suicide bombings that shook certain hotels is the last gasp of someone giving up the ghost, he said.
As all eyes must remain wide open in facing up to the last gasp of orgiastic Takfeerist death, the Lebanese people's option to commit to confrontation and resisting of any aggression is ultimately made, Rd concluded.
And TV bosses must be careful to avoid turning the last gasp of a human into a peep show.
Third and First Armies who forced the last gasp of the enemy's might.
And the verdict on the two hours and 11 minutes of footage that constitutes the last gasp of Lucas' six-picture empire?
To be fair, it should be pointed out that the last gasp of the Trudeau Liberals was to transform its creation, the Canadian Film Development Corp.
Currently the company has two projects in pre-production: "Pipe Dreams," a very intriguing action-packed film staging from the memorable 1980s portraying the twists and turns of the lives of two young Jewish boys, who find adversity at such a young age now travel down a dark road that they now see as paved with fame and fortune in New York City; and "Ashtabula Moon," a feature film displaying the end of the Big 80s exhibiting the last gasp of "Rock Before Grunge" depicting how the lives of an aging rock star, a newly agitated divorced mother, a young Catholic school girl and a Mother Superior nun school principal all come together.
WE'VE BEEN DOWN in The Bunker before, but what separates Oliver Hirschbiegel's painstaking and provocative look at the last gasp of Hitler's Third Reich, ``Downfall,'' is that, for the first time since 1956, it's a German filmmaker who's sifting through the rubble.
That makes it a good time to enjoy the last gasp of the summer season's many events, free and otherwise, that draw crowds from all over the city to destinations such as Skirball Center, the Hollywood Bowl, Santa Monica Pier, and the many clubs and venues throughout the city.