[ last-dich, lahst- ]
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  1. done finally in desperation to avoid defeat, failure, disaster, etc.: a last-ditch attempt to avert war.

  2. 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

Other words from last-ditch

  • last-ditch·er, noun

Words Nearby last-ditch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use last-ditch in a sentence

  • 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


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

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