last-ditch

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English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

last-ditch

  1. (idiomatic) final, as a last resort; done in desperation.
    He sent flowers in a last-ditch effort to keep her from leaving.
    • 2011 January 15, Sam Sheringham, “Chelsea 4 - 3 Blackburn Rovers”, BBC:
      Only a last-ditch tackle from Michel Salgado denied Didier Drogba after a clever through-ball from Anelka and, from the resulting corner, Ivanovic flicked the ball on for Ramires, who lashed a half-volley against the bar.

Usage notes[edit]

Often in the phrase last-ditch attempt or last-ditch effort