Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

last-ditch (attempt/effort)

last-ditchlast-ditch attemptlast-ditch effort
1) a final, often desperate action taken to achieve something
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    • make a last-ditch attempt/effort to do something
  • Analysis

    A last-ditch effort or a last-ditch attempt at is a final effort or action which is performed when everything else has failed. A last-ditch effort or last-ditch attempt is rarely expected to succeed and is the final expending of resources before giving up.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The losing team launched an all-out attack in a last-ditch effort to salvage something from the game. Incredibly, they scored with just seconds left on the clock!
    2. In a last-ditch attempt to save their marriage the couple attended therapy.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Before Jane left the job, her boss made a last-ditch attempt to keep her at the firm by offering her a pay rise. Jane felt that it was too little, too late.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The Board have been making last-ditch efforts to prevent workers from going on strike, but so far their concessions have not done enough to smooth things over. 
    2. The pre-release was a last-ditch effort for the company to capitalise on the Christmas market.
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