last-ditch effort

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last-ditch effort

by | Last updated Apr 24, 2019 | Expressions | 4 comments

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: North American

Photo by Alex Baber on Unsplash

This sentence contains the expression "last-ditch". Do you know this idiom? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: North American

 

Photo by Alex Baber on Unsplash

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The company ditch effort from joining , but couldn’t her.
The company made a ditch effort to her from joining competitor, but couldn’t hold of her.

About the sentence

last-ditch

A last-ditch effort or attempt is a final attempt to achieve something when previous efforts have not been successful. It is usually used in the structure 'to make a last-ditch effort to do sth".

When this word is used, it usually communicates the feeling that the final effort is not likely to succeed. e.g. "I made a last ditch effort to change his mind about dropping out of uni, but he wouldn't listen".

By the way, the photo for this post is of a ditch. The idiom 'last-ditch' has military origins - ditches were used to defend castles from attacking armies. The 'last ditch' was your final (and probably hopeless) chance to defend yourself.


Notice the useful verb pattern 'to stop sb from doing sth'.

to keep hold of sth = to retain possession of sth/to not lose sth. e.g. "I'm very impressed that you've managed to keep hold of all those letters I sent you when we were young".

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  • Tell me about a time when you made a last-ditch effort to stop something happening.

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My TV set has broken for the third time in a row. In previous times I could manager and solved the problem. But now, it seems my last-ditch effort has been useless.

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Hi Chris:) I think, it is a great possibility to tell you about my pets. I always want to sleep in the morning but my cats disturb me very offten. They are pretending toooooo hungry! 🙂

 I Made a last-ditch effort to convince them  sleeping more . Nevetheless I can’t  stop this animals to get up at 5. 30 am. They  keep hold my attention and mesmerise me with 4 hungry eyes every morning! Sure I give up and some minutes late we go to the kitchen together!

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