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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 Some have argued that eliminating commissions made the firm's $26 billion merger with Schwab (SCHW) inevitable -- a last ditch effort to stay competitive by partnering with a larger rival. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Is E-Trade the odd man out in the online broker world?," 23 Jan. 2020 Westminster then gave little resistance as Day scored on the next play on a run up the middle, wanting to get the ball back for a last ditch-effort to tie with a touchdown and two-point conversion. Mike Peticca, cleveland, "No. 25 CWRU hangs on to defeat Westminster, 21-13," 6 Oct. 2019 Then there was Ice Screamers (later Sweet Screamers, and, as a last ditch, Sweet Creamers), a soft-serve spot run by a surly guy with an eyepatch. Rion Amilcar Scott, The New Yorker, "Shape-ups at Delilah’s," 30 Sep. 2019 Yep, reports in Italy say that Juventus haven't given up on Paul Pogba, and will make a last ditch attempt to secure his signing by offering up three players for his signature., "Transfer Rumours: Spurs Closing on Sessegnon, Pogba Rubbish Returns, Arsenal Bid Rejected & More," 5 Aug. 2019 Their apparent goal is to convince United officials to make a last ditch bid., "Bruno Fernandes Saga: Jorge Mendes Urging Man Utd to Bid But Premier League Move Unlikely," 8 Aug. 2019 Juan Mata scored a last ditch penalty as Manchester United edged out Kristiansund in their penultimate pre-season friendly in Oslo on Tuesday., "Kristiansund 0-1 Manchester United: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Juan Mata Scores Late Winner," 30 July 2019 Seth Hurwitz was on a bike trip riding across Europe when news of his last ditch effort to save the long-suffering Woodstock 50 festival had leaked out. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Inside the Final Days of Woodstock 50," 31 July 2019 Worse, when the stains finally were tested in 2008 - part of a last ditch appeal by Henning and Birch - the result showed they weren’t made by blood at all, but some inorganic substance. Edmund H. Mahony,, "More than three decades later, troubling questions and contradictions remain about two murder convictions and the role of forensic scientist Henry Lee," 23 July 2019

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1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1706, in the meaning defined above

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“Last-ditch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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