\ 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

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Atlético Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has reportedly turned down a last ditch offer to join Manchester United, snubbing a move to Old Trafford in a favour an £88m move to Catalan giants Barcelona., "Atlético Madrid Talisman 'Turns Down' Man Utd & Ready to Seal £88m Barcelona Switch," 1 Apr. 2018 But for as long as Ronaldo isn't a Juventus player, former club United are said to be ready to make their own last ditch attempt to tempt the five-time Ballon d'Or winner back to Manchester., "Man Utd Consider Attempt to Beat Juventus to €100m Ronaldo Deal as Real Madrid Exit Looms," 6 July 2018 Sweden did have a few nervous moments - not least when Andreas Granqvist had to make a last ditch clearance in the 80th minute - but the Swiss rarely looked like scoring., "Sweden 1-0 Switzerland: Unlucky Deflection Breaks Swiss Hearts in Drab World Cup Last 16 Clash," 3 July 2018 Reisner's last ditch treatment—a series of 19 bone marrow transplants—informs the principle of the StemRad waistband that would make such operations unnecessary. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Belt That Protects Against Gamma Radiation," 27 June 2018 Borussia Dortmund are reportedly interested in making a last ditch attempt to sign Racing Club forward Lautaro Martinez, despite there already being an agreement in place with Inter., "Borussia Dortmund Ready to Bid for Argentine Striker Who Looked Destined for Inter," 18 Mar. 2018 Having missed out on Alexis Sanchez to rivals Manchester United during the winter period, City turned their attention to Mahrez in a last ditch effort to reinforce an already devastating attack., "Leicester Slap £75m Price Tag on Want-Away Winger Amid Continued Man City Interest," 23 May 2018 The new timeline comes as net neutrality advocates make a last ditch effort to undo the repeal. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump reassures anxious hawks that he’s willing to walk away from North Korea talks," 11 May 2018 Couples therapy at this point is a last ditch effort to salvage the relationship, says Dr. Saltz. Madeleine Burry,, "6 Signs It's Time to Go to Couples Therapy," 11 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of last-ditch

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

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