last-ditch attempt

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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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But having had one attempt to try to appeal his conviction and sentence turned down, Gregg has now renewed his application to the Court of Appeal in a last-ditch attempt to clear his name.
THOUSANDS of people demonstrated in Madrid and Barcelona yesterday in a last-ditch attempt to stave off a national crisis amid Catalonia's threat to secede from the rest of Spain.
The so-called lion on his journey home made a last-ditch attempt to undo a devastating Supreme Court decision that could land him and his family in jail.
President Nicos Anastasiades will make a last-ditch attempt in the coming days to convince electricity company unions to call off their strike, which could affect the supply of power, a presidential palace source said.
Helen Davies, who has had cancer in her heart, lungs, spine and sternum, was told to take a special drug known as Kadcyla in a last-ditch attempt to prolong her life.
In a last-ditch attempt to save the situ, David suggests they sort it out between them, but Callum's not having it.
The meeting was an apparent last-ditch attempt to save the coalition between Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party and the more centrist Yesh Atid.
Berlin, Muharram 12, 1436, Nov 5, 2014, SPA -- German train drivers on Wednesday rejected a last-ditch attempt by the national railway company, Deutsche Bahn, to head off a more than four-day strike that could cost the firm 50 million to 60 million euros (62.
BALFOUR Beatty spurned a last-ditch attempt by Carillion to keep alive the prospect of a PS3billion merger.
This last-ditch attempt to hoodwink Northern voters just proves the Tories have come to the end of the line.
Summary: Latest remarks come as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators prepare to meet with US envoy, in last-ditch attempt to save peace talks from collapse.
Sagna (below) is out of contract this summer and can sign a pre-contract agreement before the end of the season - but Arsenal are hoping one last-ditch attempt can break the deadlock.
He held a series of meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders in a last-ditch attempt to secure a framework agreement.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) and its 159 members have been working around the clock in Geneva in a last-ditch attempt to finalise the draft agreements that will be proposed at the ministerial meeting to be held in Bali, on 3-6 December.
ROBERTO Martinez is hoping he will still be able to complete a deal for striker Arouna Kone despite a last-ditch attempt by Newcastle United to hijack the move.