(modifier) done in desperation at the last minute: a last-gasp attempt to save the talks
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How to use last-gasp in a sentence
But what is supposed to be a celebration of the genre soon feels like the last gasp of a golden era gone by.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine | Alex Suskind | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Portugal snatches victory from the U.S. at the very last gasp.Team USA 2, Portugal 2: Seconds Away From World Cup Glory | Tunku Varadarajan | June 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
DS: I think that moment was the last gasp of the old culture, because 9/11 was a shock.The American Prophet of Delusion: Robert Stone in Conversation | David Samuels | November 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is seen as a last-gasp effort to finally solve the mystery of his November 2004 death in France.
ABC asked “Is South Carolina the Last Gasp for Tea Party in GOP Nomination?”The Daily Beast’s Guide to the South Carolina Primary | Matthew DeLuca | January 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Doesn't it seem strange, that when I am at the last gasp with agony, I should find myself thinking of lines of poetry?Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
The traitorous repulse that we have suffered indicates the last gasp, the final convulsions of the dying.The Reign of Greed | Jose Rizal
With despair set upon their faces, the Yale men went to the bat, ready to fight to the last gasp.Frank Merriwell's Races | Burt L. Standish
To the last gasp he would maintain his hold on life, and give fortune a chance to save him.The Backwoodsmen | Charles G. D. Roberts
When a man appeals against his love to the woman who loves him, his resolutions are at their last gasp for existence.Greifenstein | F. Marion Crawford
Other Idioms and Phrases with last-gasp
The moment before death; also, the end. For example, “Fight till the last gasp” (Shakespeare, 1 Henry VI, 1:2), or He was determined to stay at the party until the last gasp. This idiom alludes to taking one's last breath, literally (first example) or figuratively (second example). [Late 1500s]
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