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every last

A more emphatic way of saying "every." Every last thing in your room better be picked up before dinner. As usual, my teenage son has eaten every last bit of food in the house.
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every last (or single)

used to emphasize every member of a group.
1991 Colin Dexter The Jewel That Was Ours One clue unfinished in a Listener puzzle, and he would strain the capacity of every last brain-cell to bursting point until he had solved it.
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every last...

every person or thing in a group: We spent every last penny we had on the house.
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