the/(one's) last breath

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the/(one's) last breath

1. The final moment before one dies; the last period of one's life. Even though my grandfather's lungs were riddled with cancer and emphysema, he remained a smoker until his very last breath.
2. The last moment before a person or group ultimately fails or must give up. We might be down by 10 points, but we have to keep on fighting to the last breath! Even as their stocks plummeted, the company maintained a public image of success right to their last breath.
See also: breath, last
References in classic literature ?
"Oh," cried the Farmer with his last breath, "I am rightly served for pitying a scoundrel."
An excellent man, who only wanted somebody to manage him; and, between ourselves, he found somebody to do it; and what is more, he throve on it and grew fat on it, and lived happy and died easy on it, dating from the day when my lady took him to church to be married, to the day when she relieved him of his last breath, and closed his eyes for ever.
Poligny, at a moment when the poor man was nearly drawing his last breath. I had no idea that he was so very ill, and I shall never forget the effect which my questions about the ghost produced upon him.
"And in his last breath reproached me for stooping to a boor!"
Said with his last breath that he considered service the most honourable part of his career, and so it was.
I have seen a man gasp out his last breath for less.
'Here lie the mortal remains Of JOHN CHIVERY, Never anything worth mentioning, Who died about the end of the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-six, Of a broken heart, Requesting with his last breath that the word AMY might be inscribed over his ashes, which was accordingly directed to be done, By his afflicted Parents.'
Sohrab Khan remained an ardent voter and supporter of Shaheed Mohtarma Banazir Bhutto till his last breath. A large number of people attended his funeral prayers and he was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard Mir Darwaish.
Summary: New Delhi [India], May 5 (ANI): Unfazed by the attack on him, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday asserted that he will keep working for Delhi till his last breath as no attack can deter his commitment towards people of the national capital.
Tipu Sultan was the sultan of Mysore who remained a symbol of resistance against British Imperialism and East India Company till his last breath. The NPT announced holding a special ceremony to mark the death anniversary of Tipu Sultan on May 4 at NPT Secretariat, The Mall.
Up until his last breath, he put his Nanay Belot's wishes first,' she said.
Mohammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Dr Farooq Haider was a legend who till his last breath stood with the Kashmir cause.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that his life is meant for the people of the province as well as the country adding that he will continue to serve the masses till his last breath.
Munna Bhai who is the writer of famous PTV drama, Sona Chandi, took his last breath at a private hospital.
Nisar also recognized himself as a seasoned journalist through projecting social issues and actively performed journalistic mission till his last breath, he added.