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be (one's) last resort

To be the only remaining thing or person that may help one or be of any use after all other options have been exhausted. I didn't really want to ask Mr. Stadler to write my college recommendation, but he's my last resort at this point.
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as a last resort

As a final option, usually when preferable ones have failed. We will only pursue suspension as a last resort, so please improve your behavior in class. For now, I'm praying that the weather improves. I'm only going to cancel my flight as a last resort.
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as a last resort

as the last choice; if everything else fails. Call me at home only as a last resort. As a last resort, the doctor will perform surgery.
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resort to something

to turn to something that is not the first choice. I hope they don't resort to a lawsuit to accomplish their goals. She will resort to anything to get her way.
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last resort

A final expedient or recourse to achieve some end or settle a difficulty. For example, If you don't improve, we'll try this new medication as a last resort. This term originally referred to a court of law from which there was no appeal. [Late 1600s]
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in the last resort

COMMON You use in the last resort when stating the most basic or important fact that will still be true in a situation whatever else happens. They would in the last resort support their friends whatever they did. He was aware that, in the last resort, their authority depended on the control they had over the King.
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in the last resort

whatever else happens or is the case; ultimately.
1991 John Caldwell Oxford History of English Music In the last resort it was only Italian singers who could command the attention of the public in a large theatre.
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(as) a last reˈsort

a thing you decide to do when everything else has failed: Nobody wanted to lend me the money. As a last resort I asked my brother-in-law, and luckily he was able to help me.
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resort to

To adopt some less desirable course of action due to difficult circumstances; have recourse to something: When the electricity went out, we resorted to heating water in the fireplace.
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Large elegant hotels provided accommodations for guests who, like denizens of the Springs, viewed the wanderings of fashionable travelers as a quasi-religious experience, and the resorts themselves as "disenchanted pilgrimage sites.
Westin is proud to be affiliated with these fabulous new Mexican resorts," said Jim Treadway, president of Westin Hotels & Resorts, North America.
As a result of these transactions, the Company expects to repay all bank debt, junior subordinated debt, and have substantial resources to address the needs of our Sunday River and Sugarloaf resorts in Maine and The Canyons in Utah," added Fair.
Resorts in the twentieth century were big business, and resort life, both for residents and visitors, was and is a highly significant part of lived experience for much of the British population, making an important contribution to ]British culture.
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KSL Resorts, which continues to make its mark in the hospitality industry owning and operating some of the most famous resorts in the world, has added yet another celebrated property to its collection - the Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa in Vail, CO.
According to Mark Wang, HGVC's Senior Vice President for Hawaii and Asia, the Hilton timeshare resorts now under development in Waikoloa and Waikiki are clear evidence of Hilton's continuing commitment to this growing timeshare market.
KSL Resorts, which has made its mark in the hospitality industry over more than a decade owning and operating some of the most famous resorts in the world, will soon be adding two legendary hotels to its management portfolio.
As we expand our national presence, we believe marketers will see increased benefits in joining with our resorts to reach our customers," said Julie Stokes, Great Wolf Resorts' vice president of sales & marketing.
com for great oceanfront resorts that will put you in the heart of the action - day and night.
The property is one of the area's top resorts and will provide great synergistic opportunities and the perfect compliment to our other two resorts in the Sarasota market.
Joe Schott -- an operations executive at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and a 25-year Disney (NYSE:DIS) veteran -- has been named Vice President and Executive Managing Director, Walt Disney Attractions Japan and Disneyland International, it was announced today by Jay Rasulo, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
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