- adv. An expression to start the last item of a list, emphasising that while it is listed last, it is just as important as the rest of the items.
- adv. in addition to all the foregoing
“They saw women with shawls wrapped round them, chatting with theirneighbors, children building up a snowman or fighting with each other, and last but not least they spied a huge barrel organ, which by its merry jingle had attracted crowds of boys and girls, who were dancing joyfully around it.”
“Europe, the contest brought on and maintained by the impatient and fiery spirit of this infatuated old man — and last but not least he has assumed the highest prerogative of princely potentates, in nominating as if by hereditary right a successor for the elevated state which he now occupies — thus has this military chieftain assumed & practically maintained the power inherent right of determining as to the extent of his own powers — thus has he passed the first stage of his progress towards despotism by rendering the executive department of our Government paramount to the constitution to congress and to the hightest tribunals in the land — these Examples which I have adduced, is are to my mind evidence as confirmatory as proofs of holy writ, that it is impolitick, that it is inimically dangerous, for Republicks to elect their presiding officer, from that class of eminent men styled military”
"Should the Office of Chief Magistrate Be Awarded to One Distinguished for His Military Services Rather Than to One Distinguished for His Civil Services?" Debate Speech of William W. Avery for the Dialectic Society, June 22, 1836
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