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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LAST

I have sought for thee throughout the world, and at last I believed thee dead.

I heard about it from Mrs. Balldridge when we came here last fall.

"I've just finished," said Percival, glancing down the last sheet.

Here we see but a few of the last links, and those imperfectly.

They were the last she heard sung by Paralus, the night Anaxagoras departed from Athens.

But at last there came a day against which no objections could be raised.

A moment later Percival remembered his last words, also his reference to Blythe.

He ain't been run over—he's gone broke-lost all our money; every last cent.

"It is eighteen years since I was last in this room," he said.

At last the vexatious work was finished, and he was free again.

WORD ORIGIN

"following all others," from Old English latost (adj.) and lætest (adv.), superlative of læt (see late). Cognate with Old Frisian lest, Dutch laatst, Old High German laggost, German letzt. Meaning "most recent" is from c.1200. The noun, "last person or thing," is c.1200, from the adjective. Last hurrah is from the title of Edwin O'Connor's 1956 novel. Last word "final, definitive statement" is from 1650s. A dying person's last words so called by 1740. As an adjective, last-minute attested from 1913. Last-chance (adj.) is from 1962.

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