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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.
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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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on Friday, January 21, Johnny Lee Williams attempted to rob the convenience store at the RV park, saying, "This is a robbery.
Applying this formula revealed the staggering statistic of over 765,550 attempted suicides in 2001.
In the early 1990s, by contrast, the central bank attempted to curtail monetary growth through large increases in short-term interest rates next year.
By further interrogating the attempts to classify and control the behavior of those inhabiting the "private sphere," McBride's collection offers further insight into the attempted division of public and private life, which worked to devalue women and children.
The officers evacuated residents from the surrounding apartments and attempted to contact the suspect.
"Evidence of attempted suicide is not easily analogized to evidence of guilt," Beatty wrote.
Among those without a history of mental health disorders, the first year of service was associated with sixfold higher odds of a suicide attempt (95% confidence interval, 4.7-7.7), and nearly 60% of those without a previous diagnosis who attempted suicide did so in their first year of service.
Ogunwande of no fixed address is facing a two-count charge bordering on attempted suicide.
Although absolute rates were low in mothers who attempted this type of birth.
The Turkish authorities accuse the leader of the Hizmet (FETO) movement, Fethullah Gulen, who resides in the US, of being involved in an attempted military coup, and demand the US to extradite him.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in last year received more than five hundred female patients who had attempted suicide because of emotional distress, financial constraints and domestic problems, said an official on Wednesday.
REFERENCE my letter of Nov 28 about a very cruel law on attempted suicide.
Today, a federal judge ruled that the Trump administration violated federal law when it attempted to block the valuation rule.
The (http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/2645496) study included data collected from 9,512 enlisted soldiers who had attempted suicide between 2004 and 2009, documented in administrative and medical records and is reportedly the country's largest study of mental health risk and resilience among military personnel.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey's prime minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday that Ankara could not compromise with the United States over its request for the extradition of opposition leader Fethullah Gulen which it blames for orchestrating last month's attempted coup.