last-ditch


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last-ditch

(lăst′dĭch′)
adj.
Done or made as a final recourse, especially to prevent a crisis or disaster: a last-ditch effort to avert a strike.

last-ditch

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

last′-ditch′



adj.
constituting a final, desperate effort: a last-ditch attempt to avert war.
[1905–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.last-ditch - of something done as a final recourse (especially to prevent a crisis or disaster); "a last-ditch attempt"
ultimate - furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme; "the ultimate achievement"; "the ultimate question"; "man's ultimate destiny"; "the ultimate insult"; "one's ultimate goal in life"

last-ditch

adjective final, frantic, desperate, struggling, straining, heroic, all-out (informal) a last-ditch attempt to prevent civil war
Translations

last-ditch

[ˈlɑːstˈdɪtʃ] ADJ [defence, attempt] → último, desesperado

last-ditch

[ˈlɑːstˌdɪtʃ] adj (attempt) → ultimo/a e disperato/a
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