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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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Between June 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, 118 suicide attempters admitted to the emergency department at Puerta de Hierro University Hospital (Madrid, Spain) were recruited.
The study on suicide attempters in Portuguese public hospital refers to depression, suicidal ideation and intention, onset of major depression, namely, hopelessness, pessimism, interpersonal relations, and life events as the influential factors in suicide.
Thus, one of the extreme points on the conditional 'axis' along which differentiation occurs between female suicide attempters and healthy volunteers is the combination of low values in factors E, C and A(i.
The principal consequentialist justification of the punishment differential is that punishing completed crimes more severely will encourage attempters to abandon.
Second, we addressed whether there were differences between African American suicide attempters and nonattempters with regards to the extent with which they believe suicide is acceptable, and their levels of religious well-being.
Increased income subsequent to the attempt would be consistent with the possibility of direct transfers to the attempter and/or care and counseling that improved the attempter's own productivity and income.
In arguing that our intuitive judgments do not necessarily yield the conclusion that completers are worse than attempters, Steven Schulhofer presents the following hypothetical:
those in which victims reported considering suicide for <2 hours before their attempts) and 142 nonimpulsive attempts determined that impulsive attempters were younger, were more likely to live in rural villages, had a better quality of life before the attempt, had less severe depressive symptoms, were less likely to have a mental disorder, had less suicidal intent, and had more acute precipitating life events (5).
Identifying substance use as a significant risk factor in adolescent suicide attempts, they|9~ also noted that a high proportion of adolescent suicide attempters reported loneliness as a problem.
Compared with the controls, attempters reported more drug abuse, depression and behavior problems, as well as poorer peer friendships, self-image and communication skills.
In the western countries the statistics show that majority of the suicide attempters were females.
The study examined characteristics of medically serious suicide attempters (defined as individuals with a hospital admission longer than 6 hours) in a rural part of Shandong Province, China.
2011, Impairment in risk-sensitive decision-making in older suicide attempters with depression, Psychology and Aging, 26, 321-30.
The Attempters of Suicide support group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.