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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.
See also: attempt

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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CITY leaders are to lobby the Government in a last ditch attempt to safeguard education funding for some of Tyneside's most deprived neighbourhoods.
THE future of Saab remains very much in the balance after Spyker, a Dutch sports-car manufacturer, made a last ditch attempt to save their deal to buy the iconic Swedish luxury brand.
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The future of the Royal London Hospital is in doubt but that doesn't stop Sydney Holland (Nicholas Farrell, above) from launching a last ditch attempt to raise funds.
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A ruling by the House of Lords, Britain's highest court, stopped a last ditch attempt by the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch, to revoke Czech state-owned Budejovicky Budvar's ownership of "Bud" in Britain.
Discipline is the last ditch attempt to influence a physician.
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The Fire Brigades Union said the meeting with fire authority employers would be a last ditch attempt to rescue a pay deal worked out after a series of stoppages in 2002 and 2003.