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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.
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Others, meanwhile, made a last-ditch push to get voters out to the polling stations.
Mr Mann's lawyers failed in a last-ditch attempt to secure a judicial review at the High Court last week.
If the Royal Mail refuses the last-ditch offer, the union will announce strike dates on Thursday.
We will be balloting for strike action in a last-ditch effort to get the company to realise Remploy Hartlepool should stay open.
The impotency drug was used in a last-ditch attempt to help the baby's lungs get supplies of oxygen into his blood.
When a last-ditch burst of inspiration leads him to place a personal ad seeking a master (or slave), he finds himself on the brink of a new possibility.
To their credit, they played valiantly and with heart in a last-ditch effort to defend their crumbling world.
A campaign group hoping to mount a legal challenge over the uncontrolled spreading of polytunnels in the Herefordshire countryside has made a last-ditch appeal for vital funds to pay for its fight.
He is in danger of not graduating, and as a last-ditch effort to get school credit through a service project, he is given an "assignment" to work with a four-member bowling team from Chamber House, a group home for mentally challenged adults.
For some, it is a last-ditch effort to wipe out debts, but for others like Conyer, it can do more harm than good.
He flew to the USA earlier this year for a revolutionary cartilage transplant in a last-ditch bid to save his career.
Discovered in 1999, this hormone may also account for the frequent success of a last-ditch surgical strategy to beat obesity.
The chief executive of Global Care, Ron Newby, said: "We are making a last-ditch plea to people to help make this appeal a success.
While Bufete waited for rescue, cash grew short, credit lines were tapped and the company began selling concessions it had already won in a last-ditch attempt to raise funds.
PEUGEOT Bullets Birmingham completed their line up for the new season by signing England international Neville Austin, fighting off a last-ditch attempt by London Towers to keep the 6ft 10in centre.