very last

the very last

The absolute final moment; the very end. They were behind for the entire game, but they managed an incredible comeback right at the very last. The politician led an incredible campaign until the very last.
See also: last, very
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

very last

Fig. the end; an absolute end of something. At the very last of the movie, the hero gets killed. Bill stayed at the party until the very last.
See also: last, very
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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No, I want to live; I shall struggle to the very last; I will yet win back the happiness of which I have been deprived.
"These federal employees, 100 percent of whom just got fired, stayed until the very last second of the life of their agency--just to turn out all of the work that they possibly could for those employers who just fired them," he noted with pride.
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