last-ditch

[ last-ditch, lahst- ]SEE DEFINITION OF last-ditch
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LAST-DITCH

He's been the people's Golden Boy, their last-ditch hope for peace.

The valorous retreat of the French and their last-ditch stand on the Marne compelled admiration.

I knew then that he had already bought forty thousand, and that this was the last-ditch stand.

All those dying, suffering, last-ditch men lying around, and the two worn-out doctors hurrying among 'em—they didn't care.

They were, however, potentially so capable of making things worse that they would not be tried save as last-ditch measures.

As with the sixth and seventh resolves, this last-ditch effort made no difference.

WORD ORIGIN

"on the last line of defense," 1715, attributed to William of Orange; if so, originally in a Dutch context.