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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

last ditch


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 There’s just one problem with the PAC-12 attempting expansion as a last ditch effort to survive, and it’s the fact the conference has very little leverage right now. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 31 Aug. 2022 As social media users sharing their sadness over the taco shaped treat, Alex Ohanian entrepreneur and husband to Serena Williams took to Twitter with a last ditch effort to save the taco. Ebony Williams, ajc, 26 July 2022 Richardson even flew to Moscow on the eve of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in a last ditch effort to persuade Russia to make a trade. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 9 July 2022 Erika and Gia then make a last ditch effort to be seen in a series that evokes the likes of Booksmart and Mean Girls. Jessica Wang,, 8 July 2022 But on the sixth, the last ditch effort was to get that crowd to stop what was happening in the building. NBC News, 26 June 2022 And maybe this is a last ditch way of hoping that he doesn’t get prosecuted for. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 6 June 2022 Creator Aaron Guzikowski has spun a deft—if absolutely bizarre—tale of shifting alliances, power struggles and humankind’s last ditch effort to survive so far. Erik Kain, Forbes, 5 June 2022 Nevertheless, executives confirmed that a considerable minority of early customers that terminated their purchase did not request reinstatement of their pre-orders, despite Rivian rolling the price hikes back in a last ditch bid to regain goodwill. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Last-ditch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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