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(the) last (one) heard

According to the most recent knowledge one has about someone or something. Last we heard, she had moved up to Calgary to be closer to her family. I had no idea there were so many problems. The last I heard, everything was progressing smoothly.
See also: hear, last
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the last I ˈheard

(spoken) used to give the most recent news you have about somebody/something: The last I heard he was still working at the garage.
See also: hear, last
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The house was standing, still vacant and conspicuously unfit, when I last heard of it, some twenty years afterward.
Your mother being dead, I knew that you alone could solve the mystery if anybody could, and as when I had last heard of you you were on your own estate in the West Indies--whither, as you well know, you retired upon your mother's death to escape the consequences of vicious courses here--I made the voyage.
'When I last heard, he had not been taken, but he will be, or is, by this time.
She had been last heard of at Aldborough; and her elder sister, on her return from the Continent with the Tyrrels, had instantly set out to make inquiries at that place.
Castle, and I have personally visited Buckoman, the village at which he was last heard of.
When I last heard of them, they were regularly in the habit of getting drunk together.
When I last heard of them they were quarrelling still.
"I am asking you when you last heard from Bolkonski," repeated Prince Vasili a third time.
Doctor Dulcifer, when I last heard of him, was editing a newspaper in America.
Heaven hath at last heard my prayers, and hath brought us to a house; perhaps it may be an inn.
The fine tenor voice, which I had last heard singing, called to me softly.
I've fought through a bitter life since I last heard your voice; and you must forgive me, for I struggled only for you!'
But I could not help fancying, now, that it moaned of those who were gone; and instead of thinking that the sea might rise in the night and float the boat away, I thought of the sea that had risen, since I last heard those sounds, and drowned my happy home.
The pair, who were attempting a rare winter ascent of the world's ninth highest peak, were last heard from over a week ago at Camp 4.
Puva said he last heard from the victim about a week ago, when she invited him to hang out.