American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Undertaken as a final recourse; last-ditch.
- adj. colloquial Happening at the very end of an event.
“As far as the EU antitrust probe is concerned, both merger partners have a chance until sometime this week to offer additional concessions through what is technically known as a "last-gasp offer.”
“Maybe Keiron Cunningham's last-gasp crowd-pleaser against Cas?”
“The White House and congressional leaders of both major political parties are pressing rank-and-file legislators to support a last-gasp bipartisan deal to trim U.S. government spending and raise the federal borrowing limit.”
“The dollar won a reprieve from the last-gasp pact averting a shutdown of the U.S. government, but many investors remain inclined to sell it.”
“NEW YORK—The beleaguered greenback won a reprieve from the last-gasp agreement averting a shutdown of the U.S. government, but many investors remain inclined to punish the dollar.”
“And when voters pull the 'flush' lever, he'll be reaching for the rim in a last-gasp effort to avoid getting pulled under by the poopy vortex of lies, sleaze and stupidity.”
“Just look at the titles of the articles, "Dick Cheney's last-gasp fight against clean air"!”
“Rangers were denied a draw against Maribor in the first leg of their Europa League play-off at the Stadion Ljudski vrt thanks to a last-gasp winner on the night from the substitute Etien Velikonja.”
“Hunter Mahan flubbed a chip shot, then missed a last-gasp putt from off the green to save par.”
“* Richard Nixon, 1974: In a last-gasp attempt to convince the American public that he had done nothing wrong in the Watergate affair, Nixon urged Congress to move on in his 1974 State of the Union speech.”
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