Examples from the Web for last-ditch
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|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|DAILY BEAST
First, that the regime might use them against rebels or civilians in a last-ditch act of desperation.
Put aside the last-ditch defense of the Bush tax rates for the few.Robert Shrum: Obama Won Election & Will Win Again on Fiscal Cliff|Robert Shrum|December 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The valorous retreat of the French and their last-ditch stand on the Marne compelled admiration.Woodrow Wilson and the World War|Charles Seymour
He's been the people's Golden Boy, their last-ditch hope for peace.Bear Trap|Alan Edward Nourse
All those dying, suffering, last-ditch men lying around, and the two worn-out doctors hurrying among 'em—they didn't care.Short Stories of Various Types|Various
They were, however, potentially so capable of making things worse that they would not be tried save as last-ditch measures.The Vortex Blaster|Edward Elmer Smith
As with the sixth and seventh resolves, this last-ditch effort made no difference.The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783|Virginia State Dept. of Education
British Dictionary definitions for last-ditch
Word Origin and History for last-ditch
"on the last line of defense," 1715, attributed to William of Orange; if so, originally in a Dutch context.
We have no space to enter into the detail of the heroic struggle maintained by the young stadtholder and his faithful Dutchmen; how they laid their country under water, and successfully kept the powerful invader at bay. Once the contest seemed utterly hopeless. William was advised to compromise the matter, and yield up Holland as the conquest of Louis XIV. "No," replied he; "I mean to die in the last ditch." A speech alone sufficient to render his memory immortal. [Agnes Strickland, "Lives of the Queens of England," London, 1847]