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

last ditch

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: a place of final defense or resort

Examples of last-ditch in a Sentence

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After being spurned by networks large and small, the U.F.C. leadership devised a last-ditch plan to become profitable: a reality TV show in which 16 athletes would live together in a Las Vegas house, training and fighting one another with a six-figure contract on the line. Emmanuel Morgan, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2024 Last year, it was named a Special Focus Facility by CMS, considered a last-ditch effort to encourage troubled nursing homes to improve their safety and quality or else be terminated from the program. Ciara McCarthy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Apr. 2024 The accusation reflects a last-ditch pressure campaign to save a federal program that has helped connect more than 23 million US households to the internet, many for the first time. Brian Fung, CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 There's always the 2045 total solar eclipse As a last-ditch hope for those who opt to stay put no matter where they're located, there's one last meteorological ace-in-the-hole that could offer reprieve, one fueled by the astronomical event itself. Eric Henderson, CBS News, 1 Apr. 2024 The legal nonprofit Federal Defender Services of Idaho, which represents Creech, had three active appeals filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in a last-ditch effort to prevent his execution. Kevin Fixler, Idaho Statesman, 26 Mar. 2024 The lawsuit, a last-ditch bid to delay the U.S. criminal trial, was settled earlier this month. Michael J. De La Merced, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2024 Biden held out hope over the weekend that a deal to pause fighting for six weeks was still possible, as CIA Director William J. Burns toured Middle East capitals in a last-ditch effort to secure a deal before Ramadan. Rachel pannett, Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2024 Hunt’s Conservative Party is trailing the opposition Labour Party by a wide margin in opinion polls, which had put him under enormous pressure to unveil tax cuts — however small — in a last-ditch bid to win voters. Krystal Hur, CNN, 7 Mar. 2024
In a last ditch idea, with one more breathing apparatus failing, doctors decided to pump high-flow oxygen through her nose. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 Loch Raven led 55-36 after the third and both coaches emptied their benches for the fourth quarter. of Loch Raven’s Brian Thomas pulls up for a 3-pointer while Perry Hall’s Justin Avery makes a last ditch defensive effort. Mike Frainie, Baltimore Sun, 16 Feb. 2024 Zelenskyy also met with Congressional leaders early Tuesday as part of a last ditch plea effort to get lawmakers on board with approving additional Ukraine funding. Jamie Joseph, Fox News, 12 Dec. 2023 In a last ditch move to delay the bill’s passage in the House on Thursday, Democrats filed dozens of amendments to the proposal, all of which were rejected by Republicans. Anthony Izaguirre,, 14 Apr. 2023 The Panthers' last ditch hook-and-ladder attempt failed deep in their own territory and Cleveland escaped victorious. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2022 That effort came down to the wire on Wednesday when the Supreme Court denied a last ditch attempt to delay his execution, declining to review whether or not the jurors at Mitchell's trial in Arizona should have been interviewed for potential bias against Native Americans. Clare Hymes, CBS News, 27 Aug. 2020 Riverview would have one last ditch effort to win. J. Daniel Pearson,, 27 Nov. 2020 Sabrina Wu, Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, and Stephanie Hsu in 'Joy Ride' | Credit: Ed Araquel/Lionsgate In a last ditch effort to get past airport security on their way out of China, the friends decides to pose as a K-Pop group with hordes of fans. Joey Nolfi,, 17 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of last-ditch was in 1706

Dictionary Entries Near last-ditch

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“Last-ditch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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