till the last

till the last

To the very last possible moment; until something ends or concludes. He fought the disease till the last, but the doctors just couldn't keep the cancer at bay any longer. She campaigned till the last, trying to drum up more support just hours before voters headed to the polls. A fierce civil rights advocate till the last, the late-bishop left an indelible mark on the fight for equality.
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to/till the ˈlast

until the last possible moment, especially until death: He died protesting his innocence to the last.They loved each other till the last.
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It is no less worthy, to observe, how little alteration in good spirits, the approaches of death make; for they appear to be the same men, till the last instant.
I could not rest as long as one solitary camel remained to the dervish; and returning to him I redoubled my prayers and embraces, and promises of eternal gratitude, till the last twenty were in my hands.
So Queequeg and I got down our traps, resolving, however, to sleep ashore till the last.
He remained silent till the last words of the Proclamation had died away, and then, bursting into tears, "Dear Grandpapa," he said, "that was only my fun, and of course I meant nothing at all by it; and we did not know anything then about the new Law; and I don't think I said anything about the Third Dimension; and I am sure I did not say one word about
Passepartout longed to ask him if the steamer had left for Yokohama; but he dared not, for he wished to preserve the spark of hope, which still remained till the last moment.
There happened nothing remarkable to us till the last night of our journey, when taking up our lodging at a place belonging to the Empress, a declared enemy to all Catholics, and in particular to the missionaries, we met with a kind reception in appearance, and were lodged in a large stone house covered with wood and straw, which had stood uninhabited so long, that great numbers of red ants had taken possession of it; these, as soon as we were laid down, attacked us on all sides, and tormented us so incessantly that we were obliged to call up our domestics.
The police had surrounded the suspected hideouts of the kidnappers and were planning a rescue operation till the last report came in late on Sunday evening.
We will continue our fight till the last trace is rooted out,' the press release quoted the prime minister as saying.
We and our children will fight for freedom till the last drop of our blood,' she said.
Ershad said he would like to see his party in power one again to serve the people till the last day of his life.
In a message to their families, the Chief Minister said the blood of martyrs would not go in vain as the Government is determined to fight all the terrorists till the last making Balochistan a peaceful place to live.
LAHORE: Former premier Nawaz Sharif is said to be reluctant to publicly nominate his younger brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif for the office of prime minister in 2018 general elections as he wants to keep his cards close to his chest till the last minute, reported a leading English daily.
Yup, you are not alone when it comes to Christmas gift shopping, which you put off till the last minute.
The Minister said illegal immigration was dangerous and that the decision on the mandatory resettlement quotas was a bad and damaging decision, adding that Hungary will fight till the last breath to ensure that decisions that go against the security and will of the Hungarian people do not come into force.
He maintained that the people of Kashmir would continue their struggle till the last Indian army man vacated Jammu and Kashmir.