the/(one's) last breath

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the/(one's) last breath

1. The final moment before one dies; the last period of one's life. Even though my grandfather's lungs were riddled with cancer and emphysema, he remained a smoker until his very last breath.
2. The last moment before a person or group ultimately fails or must give up. We might be down by 10 points, but we have to keep on fighting to the last breath! Even as their stocks plummeted, the company maintained a public image of success right to their last breath.
See also: breath, last
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He'swants to find someone willing to spend their final hours lolling in an art gallery, while members of the public scrutinise their every nuance as they take their last breaths.
The only consolation for civilised society is that they are haunted by her death to the day they take their last breaths.
For years scientists have puzzled over the ability of dolphins, seals and other marine mammals to execute long, deep dives that seemingly exceed the animals' capacities to exercise using only the oxygen from their last breaths. Now video cameras carried by a northern elephant seal in Monterey Bay, Weddell seals in the Antarctic, a trained bottlenose dolphin offshore of San Diego and a blue whale off the coast of Northern California have revealed the secret: The divers don't exert themselves.