last-ditch

[ last-ditch, lahst- ]
/ ˈlæstˈdɪttʃ, ˈlɑst- /

adjective

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.

Origin of last-ditch

First recorded in 1905–10; last1 + ditch

Related forms

last-ditch·er, noun
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last-ditch


noun

(modifier) made or done as a last desperate attempt or effort in the face of opposition
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