the last gasp of (something)

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the last gasp of (something)

The final part before the end of something, such as a period, movement, etc. Some say we're seeing the last gasp of capitalism, but I think that view ignores a lot of factors.
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the last gasp

COMMON The last gasp of a long process or period of time is the very last active stage of it. The summer of '92 may be looked upon with nostalgia as the last gasp of the live rock concert era. Eleven thousand years ago, at the last gasp of the ice age, the area was covered with forest. Note: You can also use last gasp before a noun to say that something is achieved at the last possible moment. Dalziel watched his side snatch a last gasp victory with two late goals. Note: These phrases come from 2 Maccabes 7:9 in the Apocrypha of the Bible. Seven brothers and their mother were tortured by King Antiochus, and one of the brothers spoke out defiantly `when he was at his last gasp', or when he was dying.
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I own thy speechless, placeless power; but to the last gasp of my earthquake life will dispute its unconditional, unintegral mastery in me.
It would be like you if you used up our last gasp of oxygen in abusing each other.
Uncovering recent assassination attempts aimed at security officials and the string of suicide bombings that shook certain hotels is the last gasp of someone giving up the ghost, he said.
As all eyes must remain wide open in facing up to the last gasp of orgiastic Takfeerist death, the Lebanese people's option to commit to confrontation and resisting of any aggression is ultimately made, Rd concluded.
And TV bosses must be careful to avoid turning the last gasp of a human into a peep show.
Third and First Armies who forced the last gasp of the enemy's might.
1, a work that, depending on emphasis, can sound like a forerunner of modernism or a last gasp of romanticism.
As a black hole swallows gas and dust, the doomed material emits a last gasp of high-energy radiation--the X-ray emissions that Swift detected.
To be fair, it should be pointed out that the last gasp of the Trudeau Liberals was to transform its creation, the Canadian Film Development Corp.
And the verdict on the two hours and 11 minutes of footage that constitutes the last gasp of Lucas' six-picture empire?
As material spirals into a black hole, it emits a last gasp of X-rays.
WE'VE BEEN DOWN in The Bunker before, but what separates Oliver Hirschbiegel's painstaking and provocative look at the last gasp of Hitler's Third Reich, ``Downfall,'' is that, for the first time since 1956, it's a German filmmaker who's sifting through the rubble.
That makes it a good time to enjoy the last gasp of the summer season's many events, free and otherwise, that draw crowds from all over the city to destinations such as Skirball Center, the Hollywood Bowl, Santa Monica Pier, and the many clubs and venues throughout the city.
The Clippers' last gasp of hope fell short when Sean Rooks had a rebound off a free-throw miss by Harpring go out of bounds.