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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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While attempting to flee, the offender was confronted by another police officer.
Some of the rounds struck the man; however, he was still standing and attempting to aim his weapon at the officer.
That is, if it is anticipated that the utility function can be positively affected by the act of attempting suicide, an attempt is more likely.
24- 25), and notwithstanding the use of language that has Rosencrantz and Guildenstern offer their loyalty to the persons of the king and queen, Shakespeare makes it clear that these men are not mere court dandies attempting to curry favor with the monarchy:
The safety of staff is of paramount concern when attempting an intervention with a physically aggressive resident.
During 1990-1993, the most commonly reported reasons for attempting suicide were family discord (1492 [59.
Company H, a diversified, multinational manufacturing and distribution company, has a fulltime government relations staff devoted to monitoring and attempting to influence legislation and official actions of both covered and non-covered executive branch officials.
Due to the need to identify patients at risk of attempting suicide within the context of a gross psychological screen, without prior benefit of clinical interview or chart review, the SPS was selected for use to ascertain lethality because of its high degree of face validity.
Washington, Feb 2 (ANI): A new study has led to the discovery of certain genetic mutations that appear to be associated with the risk of attempting suicide among individuals with depression.
The 35-year-old Broxton police officer, with over 6 years of law enforcement experience, was attempting to serve a dispossessory warrant on an individual for nonpayment of rent.
The substantial identity of results test is an appropriate test when the taxpayer is attempting to support the cash method for reporting income and expenses from the sale of goods.
The subject possesses a weapon, or is attempting to gain access to a weapon, under circumstances indicating an intention to use it against the agents or others; or,
It is no surprise to the real estate community that both the City and State of New York have become increasingly zealous in attempting to raise tax revenues.