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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

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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The official said that the maximum cases received by the hospital involved suicide attempt through intake of corrosive material such as drinking acid used for cleanliness at homes.
Iranian weightlifter cleared 185kg in the Snatch and a record 228kg in the clean and Jerk by winning gold medal, followed by Sobirov Farkhodbek of Uzbakistan with 181kg in Snatch and 210kg weight in the Clean and Jerk while Liu Hao of China, who also received a hamstring injury during the third attempt of the Clean and Jerk, cleared a weight of 176kg in the Snatch and 211kg in the Clean and Jerk.
Inspectors at the airport also foiled an attempt by a 26-year-old Asian traveller who was caught with a box of sweets in his handbag filled with more than one kilogram of poppy seeds.
Washington, December 13 ( ANI ): The risk of young people attempting to commit suicide is highest within two years after a parent has received inpatient care due to a mental disorder or suicide attempt, researchers say.
Each possession can end either with an attempt on goal Keept heb all for moreg oal attempts or without an attempt on goal.
While about one of nine youths attempt suicide by the time they graduate from high school, new findings reveal that a significant proportion makes their first suicide attempt in elementary or middle school.
Knowing when to stop or defer a venipuncture requires assessing the patient and the clinical situation, and evaluating whether the initial attempt has already produced a complication.
Her third suicide attempt, however, was an acetaminophen overdose approximately 1 year ago that resulted in hospitalization and irreversible liver damage.
While there is an attempt to deal with the capital deficit, there remains the annual operating deficit that each of these airports incurs.
Start: The earliest attempt to solicit a response with regard to a procurement contract.
Do not attempt to open the cockpit door or threaten to enter the cockpit: This is considered a quite serious act that will almost certainly result in an arrest and that would be seen by others as part of an attempted hijacking or act of sabotage.
And, of the 62 cases noted, no data existed that conclusively determined if any of the offenders attacked the officers in an attempt to commit suicide by cop.
The iSCSI initiator login attempt trying to pass through the firewall must be on the firewall's list of IPs allowed to cross the firewall.
The attempt to reconcile apparently conflicting issues is evident in many texts, such as Margaret Cavendish's Poetic Fancies.