last hurrah

noun

Definition of last hurrah 

: a final often valedictory effort, production, or appearance his unsuccessful Senate run was his last hurrah— R. W. Daly

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The minor league season ended with his second 20-homer campaign and a last hurrah in the majors, where Villanueva homered in his third career game. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres roster review: Christian Villanueva," 25 Jan. 2018 The heft of his résumé tells us yes, that the 73-year-old club president has a last hurrah in him. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Here's how Miami Heat got stuck in NBA purgatory. Now, can Pat Riley find a way out?," 22 June 2018 Weegee did, however, have a last hurrah in the 1960s. Sarah Boxer, New York Times, "Weegee the Famous: The Master of Down-and-Dirty Street Photography," 1 June 2018 Instead, in hindsight, 2002 looks like an outlier, or maybe even a last hurrah. Brian Straus, SI.com, "The Factors and Figures Behind Europe's World Cup Dominance Trend," 8 July 2018 Of course, the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina is also deserving of a last hurrah after pairing 13 homers with a .284/.326/.505 batting line to start the year. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Picking Padres' All-Star, and many others," 6 July 2018 But the island was the last hurrah, and the mammoth sheet of ice ended immediately to the south, in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt takes another significant policy step as controversies swirl," 8 June 2018 Ramirez’s overall excellence overshadows what may be a last hurrah at third base for Nick Castellanos. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "True fantasy All-Stars sustain their excellence over a full season," 3 July 2018 But as Mei Xiang reaches the end of her reproductive years, the National Zoo is anxious for one last hurrah. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Panda," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of last hurrah

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for last hurrah

from The Last Hurrah (1956) by Edwin O'Connor †1968 American novelist

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last hurrah

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English Language Learners Definition of last hurrah

: a last effort, production, or appearance

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