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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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He proved that in England attempted suicide was a crime while in Scotland it was not, though the prevalence of attempted suicide was the same.
It has long been known that mental illness and suicidal behaviour in parents is a risk factor for attempted suicide in their children.
There is a very alarming trend among teenage girls, the experts from the Center note a in 2011, 394 teen girls attempted suicide, compared to 56 teen boys.
18) In a 2001 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavioral Survey of 13 601 adolescents in school (grades 9-12), 53% of those who had attempted suicide did so only once per year.
2-4) In a sample of clinically referred European adolescents, those who had attempted suicide were 3 times more likely to try again during the 1-year follow-up compared with those who had never attempted suicide.
Do not threaten or attack other passengers: Passengers and crew members could also see such behavior as part of an attempted hijacking or act of sabotage.
Holden was reported missing the day before the attempted RV park robbery when she did not return home from her night shift at Wal-Mart.
1) Of the participants in this urban study, 13% reported rape or attempted rape, 10% verbal sexual coercion and 6% unwanted touching.
Once again, the definition of a hate- or bias-motivated crime lacked uniformity when varying jurisdictions attempted to measure the frequency of these acts.
In 1981, only 3 percent of women in the United States who had delivered by cesarean later attempted a vaginal birth.
As many critics have pointed out, the hierarchy that writers attempted to uphold, critique, or subvert was an illusion of natural order, politicized by issues of class, power, and gender.
The alleged assailant was charged with three counts of Capital Murder and one count of Attempted Murder.
Robbery--The taking or attempted taking of anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
But some raised questions about whether or not the procedure, the first-ever attempt to separate adult craniopagus twins, should have been attempted.