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last

(from something) until something to endure from one point in time to another. The meeting lasted from noon until midnight. The party lasted until the food ran out. the last hurrah Fig. a final appearance, as at the end of one's career; the last time for doing something. Tom is retiring, and we are having a little party as his last hurrah right now. He won't be here the next time you visit our offices.
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She smiled vacantly, and imitated the action of writing with her right hand as she pronounced the last words.
I was the eldest (she said), and those last precious relics ought to be in my keeping.
On the last day, my mother insisted on rising from bed and going through the house.
Meantime the thieves were frightened, and ran off a little way; but at last they plucked up their hearts, and said,
When at last he was made fast and seemed quite helpless and beyond the faintest hope of succour, Rokoff's shrivelled wart of courage swelled to its usual proportions when danger was not present.
How that last scene stays with me, and will stay to my death
Long ere the last of the column could hope to reach the upper pits which lay above the danger point I was convinced that the waters would surge after us in overwhelming volume, and that fully half the expedition would be snuffed out.
About half-past ten last night I thought I heard the engine of an airship.
They began to be frightened at last at Pulcheria Alexandrovna's strange silence on certain subjects.
At last, seeing the ship still bore on her course and was now swiftly drawing out of earshot, one of them--I know not which it was--leapt to his feet with a hoarse cry, whipped his musket to his shoulder, and sent a shot whistling over Silver's head and through the main-sail.
Here it is at last," he said, "not without some trouble though.
Again and again the Arabs charged, at last forming a stationary circle about the little fortress, and outside the effective range of the defenders' arrows.
They had hit the trail sixteen hours on end that day, the dogs had come in too tired to fight among themselves or even snarl, and Kama had perceptibly limped the last several miles; yet Daylight was on trail next morning at six o'clock.
A few hours before he breathed his last he rallied for a while, and recognized Ariel at his bedside.
It was this: I asked myself whether there was not in his soul some deep-rooted instinct of creation, which the circumstances of his life had obscured, but which grew relentlessly, as a cancer may grow in the living tissues, till at last it took possession of his whole being and forced him irresistibly to action.