\ ˈlas(t)-ˌdich How to pronounce last-ditch (audio) , -ˈdich \

Definition of last-ditch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : fought or conducted from the last ditch : waged with desperation or unyielding defiance put up a last-ditch resistance
2 : made as a final effort especially to avert disaster a last-ditch attempt to raise the money

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Definition of last ditch (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place of final defense or resort

Examples of last-ditch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This week, Texas House Democrats fled the state in a last ditch effort to block a voting restrictions bill. ABC News, 18 July 2021 Perkins’ family disputed this and chalked it up to Bullock’s last ditch effort to save himself. Krista M. Torralva, Dallas News, 15 July 2021 At the Lake Club, Samu decides to make a last ditch appeal to Benjamin, begging him to let Omar continue at the school without taking the test. Olivia Truffaut-wong,, 22 June 2021 Aberdeen took a 9-3 lead into the ninth and Oswald Peraza, who hit a leadoff home run two nights ago, belted a two-run shot for the Renegades in their last ditch effort. Randy Mcroberts,, 13 May 2021 Last December, Emmer, Stauber and Rep. Jim Hagedorn signed on to a last ditch legal attempt that failed to invalidate 62 of President Joe Biden's Electoral College votes. Hunter Woodall, Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 The Catamounts added four runs over the last three innings, including a last ditch pair in the ninth, before HCC reliever Jeremy Lapp closed the door to hand Harford the win. Adam Fornwalt,, 8 May 2021 But are ads really going to be less relevant once device identifiers and third-party cookies go away; or is this the last ditch effort of ad tech companies and their funding sources to remain relevant themselves? Dr. Augustine Fou, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Coaching women as an undesirable, last ditch option. Heidi Stevens,, 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of last-ditch


1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1706, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of last-ditch was in 1706

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“Last-ditch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of last-ditch

: made as a final effort to keep something bad from happening


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