A last-ditch action is done only because there are no other ways left to achieve something or to prevent something happening. It is often done without much hope that it will succeed.

...a last-ditch attempt to prevent civil war.

...a desperate, last-ditch counterattack.

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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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