A desperate last ditch effort, as in We’re making one last try to finish on time. This expression alludes to the military understanding of the last trench, “the last line of defence”. Its figurative usage dates from the early 19th century.
Synonyms for last ditch
do-or-die. hectic. last breath. desperate. eleventh hour.
an effort or attempt made at the end of a series of failures to solve a problem and not expected to succeed: it entered in a last desperate Attempt to save his party from electoral defeat. Finally and finally. Penultimate. as a last resort.
They were set to renew the duel last night at a meeting called in a last-ditch effort to revive the truce. Specialized rescue units were called in a last ditch attempt to rescue him. It was really a last ditch effort for me.
an action taken when all else has failed, as a last-ditch effort to avoid disaster even though it seems likely to fail. The President has made a last-ditch effort to stop the rebels from taking over the city.
On this page you can discover 11 synonyms, antonyms, idioms and related words for last resort, such as: last hope, roll up your sleeve, desperate remedy, last resource, recourse, pis-aller, last resort, way out , trump, ace in the hole and dernier way out.
a ˌlast stand/attempt/effort
a last ditch attempt to avoid defeat: You make one last attempt to save the company. ♢ This is a last ditch effort to stop the strike. Moat, in this idiom, refers to a long canal built to defend an area from attack.
Definition of the eleventh hour
: the latest possible time before it is too late still makes changes at the eleventh hour.
idiom. Getting someone to give or say something to you when it is extremely difficult due to the character or mood of the person or organization you are dealing with: persuading Chris, one round Buying drinks is like getting blood, a stone. Complicated and difficult to implement.
for two pins I would… British English old fashioned used to say you want to hurt someone because they annoyed you. For two pins I would just send everyone home.
Definition of stave off
transitive verb 1 : to ward off to ward off creditors. 2 : ward off (something detrimental) : forestall the attempt to ward off a disaster.
American football slang a very long, high pass into the end zone executed in the final seconds of a half or game. slang.
Here’s one of those phrases for you. Not only used in its original range. A Hail Mary pass or Hail Mary route in American football refers to any very long forward pass played out of desperation with little chance of success, especially at or near the end of a half. p>
Barrage, bombardment, hailstorm, rain, volley, shower, storm, volley, speech, salutation, salute, signal, salutation, applause, acknowledgment, applause, cheers, praise, recognition.
If you do something as a last resort, do it because you can’t find another way to get out of a difficult situation or solve a problem. Nuclear weapons should only be used as a last resort.