last-ditch

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last-ditch

Final, usually drastic or risky, with failure as the only alternative. 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 effort to avoid a government shutdown, congress has pushed forward a new spending bill.

last-ditch

COMMON A last-ditch attempt or effort to do something is a final desperate try when everything else has failed. The President has been making a last-ditch attempt to prevent the rebels taking over the city. She gave up all claim on their house and his wealth in a last-ditch attempt to get him back. Note: In this expression, `ditch' means a trench (= long hole in the ground) which has been dug in order to defend a military position. The expression refers to soldiers who are prepared to die in a final effort to defend the position rather than surrender.
References in classic literature ?
There remained only the last ditch, filled with water and five feet wide.
You're driven to the last ditch, Anne, when you bring up Miss Cornelia as a reinforcement.
Here I've been lending you a hand, and you now in the last ditch, with Dolliver riding on you and me all the time.
By the end of the month Paul was fighting in the last ditch, wandering disconsolately among those who dwell in outer darkness and have grimy thumbs.
The wave of rebellion swept over me in an instant, beginning with an heretical doubt as to the sanctity of the established order of things--that fetish which has ruled Pan-Americans for two centuries, and which is based upon a blind faith in the infallibility of the prescience of the long-dead framers of the articles of Pan-American federation--and ending in an adamantine determination to defend my honor and my life to the last ditch against the blind and senseless regulation which assumed the synonymity of misfortune and treason.
Last ditch talks between Greece and the institutions representing its creditors did not succeed in a deal on Sunday, leaving the final decision on whether the country is going to default to euro zone finance ministers, the European Commission said on Sunday.
KUWAIT, Dec 4 (KUNA) -- The Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) on Thursday closed this week's trading at a slight rise in the last ditch in spite of mixed general performance involving all sectors.
2 billion Roman Catholics met for the last top-secret meeting in the Vatican today in a last ditch effort to lobby their ideas for the church's future.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani reiterated the West's failure in imposing its will and power on the Islamic Republic, and said sanctions and economic pressures are enemies' last ditch effort.
LAST ditch talKs are to be held to decide the future of a museum and Roman fort which has closed because of a cash crisis.
Summary: Labour leadership candidates make last ditch efforts to secure votes.
The second half saw Cleveland on top and only some last ditch tackles by the Nunthorpe defence, excellent goal-keeping and the woodwork saw the game end 1-1 and enter extra time.
LAST ditch talks aimed at averting strikes by more than a million health workers in a bitter row over pay will be held this week.
Fiona Hood-Stewart provides a fine novel in which a recently decreased matriarch manipulates everyone from the grave in a last ditch Hail Mary pass to see justice is done for her daughter.
Hosts Meltham continued to dominate the first half and would have extended their lead but were denied by two good saves from Michael Wightman and a couple of last ditch tackles from Stuart Rowling.