last-ditch Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “last-ditch” in the English Dictionary

"last-ditch" in British English

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last-ditchadjective

uk   /ˌlɑːstˈdɪtʃ/  us   /ˌlæst-/ (also last-gasp)
last-ditch attempt/effort an ​effort or ​attempt that is made at the end of a ​series of ​failures to ​solve a ​problem, and is not ​expected to ​succeed: He ​resigned in a last-ditch ​attempt to ​save his ​party from ​electoraldefeat.
(Definition of last-ditch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"last-ditch" in American English

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last-ditchadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈˈlæstˈdɪtʃ/
happening or ​tried at the ​finalopportunity, before it is too late: In a last-ditch ​attempt to ​win the ​election, he ​promisedsweepingtaxcuts.
(Definition of last-ditch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"last-ditch" in Business English

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last-ditchadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˌlɑːstˈdɪtʃ/
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 ​save the ​steelplant.
(Definition of last-ditch from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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