done finally in desperation to avoid defeat, failure, disaster, etc.: a last-ditch attempt to avert war.
fought with every resource at one's command: a last-ditch battle for the pennant.
- last-ditch·er, noun
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How to use last-ditch in a sentence
Worries about a last ditch Nazi stand in the Alps had mounted appreciably over the final year of the war.
Her husband, Ethan (Mark Duplass), books them a vacation retreat in a last-ditch effort to repair their relationship.Is Elisabeth Moss the One 'True Detective' Loves? She Doesn't Deny It. | Melissa Leon | August 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Analysts weighed in, calling the campaign a last ditch effort to save a restaurant on life support.Video: We Took a Competitive Eater to TGI Fridays for Endless Appetizers—and They Ran Out | Brandy Zadrozny | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For women spending upwards of $10,000 in a last-ditch effort to have a baby, such a reduction in chances can be devastating.
Both are last-ditch measures to disrupt a missile engagement, not to prevent tracking.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Hide From Russian Radar | Bill Sweetman | April 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I've quite half an hour before post goes, and I shall fight to the last ditch.The Title | Arnold Bennett
And you never will, until you throw out the ones who have fought moderation right down to the last ditch.Meeting of the Board | Alan Edward Nourse
You know Nataly Lees going to fight to the last ditch against selling things that way.Winona of the Camp Fire | Margaret Widdemer
It is the last ditch stand of liberty in a world of servitude.The Enchiridion | Epictetus
I know what comes afterward—to a man or to a nation—when driven to the last ditch of pain.The Hive | Will Levington Comfort
British Dictionary definitions for last-ditch
(modifier) made or done as a last desperate attempt or effort in the face of opposition
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