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last resort

A final expedient or recourse to achieve some end or settle a difficulty. For example, If you don't improve, we'll try this new medication as a last resort. This term originally referred to a court of law from which there was no appeal. [ Late 1600s ]
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  • Yet as a last resort to maintain the right, war is justifiable.

  • Then, as a last resort, the hole was papered over like the wall-paper of the room.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • As a last resort this seaweed is edible, at any rate certain species of it.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • And now Captain Zelotes was asking him to give up this last resort.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Only in the last resort had he determined to fling off the mask.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman

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