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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Done or made as a final recourse, especially to prevent a crisis or disaster: a last-ditch effort to avert the threatened strike.

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  • adj. final, as a last resort; done in desperation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of something done as a final recourse (especially to prevent a crisis or disaster)

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Examples

  • Workers have been pouring a mixture of seawater and boron into the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors in what experts have called a last-ditch attempt to prevent a meltdown -- a catastrophic failure of the reactor core, with a potential for widespread radiation release.

    CNN.com

  • In what experts called a last-ditch "nuclear option," the Swiss National Bank set a ceiling Tuesday on the value of its currency, which has skyrocketed as traders worldwide frantically search for a safe haven in volatile times.

    The Seattle Times

  • The central bank is exercising what many analysts in recent weeks had called the last-ditch nuclear option'' because of the uncertain effects and risks to the strong Swiss economy.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • The central bank is exercising what many analysts in recent weeks had called the last-ditch "nuclear option" because of the uncertain effects and risks to the strong Swiss economy.

    The Seattle Times

  • GENEVA AP -- In what experts called a last-ditch "nuclear option," the Swiss National Bank set a ceiling Tuesday on the value of its currency, which has skyrocketed as traders worldwide frantically search for a safe haven in volatile times.

  • He travelled to Jaitapur last month, shepherding a team of scientists, experts and officials, in a last-ditch effort to mollify protestors and allay fears about environmental and safety concerns--but without success.

    India's Field Of Nuclear Fissures

  • Given the number of last-ditch Zionists that President Obama has surrounded himself with, Rahm Immanuel being the most influential, is it any wonder that Obama would appoint someone like Ross to be “special adviser” on Iran.

    Wonk Room » Keep Your Friends Close, And Dennis Ross Closer

  • These complicated rail projects were a last-ditch efforts to save executive business districts.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • We knew it might come down to a last-ditch situation like this.

    Gideon’s war

  • Prime Minister George Papandreou reshuffled the Greek cabinet Friday in a last-ditch effort to gain popular support at home for his government's fiscal austerity and privatization plans.

    Greece's Bailout Brinkmanship

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