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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Summary: Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], July 8 (ANI): In what appears to be a last-ditch attempt to save the coalition government in the state, Congress leaders KC Venugopal, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Siddaramaiah, G Parameshwara, MB Patil, and Eshwara Khandre held a meeting at an undisclosed location with legal advisers on Monday.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a last-ditch attempt to win voters with possible populist spending measures in Friday's budget, risking his debt targets in the process.
The prime minister launched the amnesty scheme and reforms package in a last-ditch attempt at broadening the government's revenue base.
But having had one attempt to try to appeal his conviction and sentence turned down, Gregg has now renewed his application to the Court of Appeal in a last-ditch attempt to clear his name.
President Nicos Anastasiades will make a last-ditch attempt in the coming days to convince electricity company unions to call off their strike, which could affect the supply of power, a presidential palace source said.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) and its 159 members have been working around the clock in Geneva in a last-ditch attempt to finalise the draft agreements that will be proposed at the ministerial meeting to be held in Bali, on 3-6 December.
ROBERTO Martinez is hoping he will still be able to complete a deal for striker Arouna Kone despite a last-ditch attempt by Newcastle United to hijack the move.
Summary: Lawyers have failed in a last-ditch attempt at the High Court to prevent the eviction of families from the UK's largest unauthorised traveller site in Dale Farm, Essex.
Mr Mann's lawyers failed in a last-ditch attempt to secure a judicial review at the High Court last week.
The dramatic intervention by the British and Irish leaders followed a last-ditch attempt by Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionists to find agreement over the devolution of policing powers failed.
TOMMY Freeman will turn to the DRA in a last-ditch attempt to play for Monaghan against Armagh on Saturday after the CAC last night threw out his appeal.
Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Saturday decided to dispatch two senior negotiators to Egypt in a last-ditch attempt to release a soldier held by Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip.
BOXING: David Haye has made a last-ditch attempt to schedule a fight with WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli.
The barriers, which can be raised and lowered remotely by CCTV operators, were a last-ditch attempt by Bridgend council to stop people illegally entering the town centre's pedestrianised area.
Apprentice electrician Matt, 20, said that before burying the tortoise he tried mouth-to-mouth as a last-ditch attempt. "I just blew into his beak and it seemed to do the trick," he said.