weapon of last resort

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of weapon of last resort

: a weapon that is only used if its use cannot be avoided
  • see pesticides as the weapon of last resort against garden pests

Word by Word Definitions

weapon play
  1. : something (such as a club, knife, or gun) used to injure, defeat, or destroy

  2. : a means of contending against another

  1. : arm

last play
  1. : to continue in time

  2. : to remain fresh or unimpaired : endure

  3. : to manage to continue (as in a course of action)

  1. : a form (as of metal or plastic) which is shaped like the human foot and over which a shoe is shaped or repaired

  1. : to shape with a last

  1. : after all others : at the end

  2. : most lately

  3. : in conclusion

  1. : following all the rest

  2. : being the only remaining

  3. : belonging to the final stage (as of life)

  1. : something that is last

resort play
  1. : one that affords aid or refuge : resource

  2. : recourse

  3. : frequent, habitual, or general visiting

  1. : to go especially frequently or habitually : repair

  2. : to have recourse

  1. : to sort again


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