adjective Date: 1937 1. fought or conducted from the last ditch ; waged with desperation or unyielding defiance <
put up a last-ditch resistance
2. made as a final effort especially to avert disaster <
a last-ditch attempt to raise the money

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • last-ditch — last ditcher, n. /last ditch , lahst /, adj. 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. [1905… …   Universalium

  • last-ditch — UK US /ˌlɑːstˈdɪtʃ/ adjective [before noun] ► used to describe an act that is made at the end of a series of failures to solve a problem, and is not expected to succeed: last ditch effort/attempt »They are now involved in a last ditch attempt to… …   Financial and business terms

  • last-ditch — adj a last ditch attempt/effort etc a final attempt to achieve something before it is too late ▪ The negotiators made a last ditch effort to reach an agreement …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • last-ditch — (adj.) 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • last-ditch — last ,ditch adjective only before noun a last ditch attempt, effort, etc. is a final try at achieving something difficult, when many attempts have already failed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • last-ditch — A last ditch attempt is a desperate attempt that will probably fail anyway …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • last-ditch — last ditch; last ditch·er; …   English syllables

  • last-ditch — last′ ditch′ adj. constituting a final, desperate effort: a last ditch attempt to avert war[/ex] • Etymology: 1905–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • last-ditch — [adj] last minute desperate, do ordie, eleventh hour, final, frantic, last chance, last gasp, last resort; concept 799 …   New thesaurus

  • last-ditch — last try, desperate attempt, last resort    In a last ditch attempt to save the marriage, he bought her a BMW …   English idioms

  • last-ditch — [last′dich′] adj. made, done, used, etc. in a final, often desperate act of resistance or opposition …   English World dictionary

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