last resort

  1. an expedient adopted only in desperation
    `pis aller' is French for `worst going'
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How To Use last resort In A Sentence

  • Cold, light, and selfish in the last resort, he had that modicum of prudence, miscalled morality, which keeps a man from inconvenient drunkenness or punishable theft.
  • The convention allows for lawful detention of children for the shortest possible period of time and as a matter of last resort.
  • Public housing has been transformed into an ever-diminishing refuge of last resort.
  • Surgery is a last resort, though it sometimes is necessary.
  • As a result, some politicians have begun to think of war, not as the high-risk recourse of last resort, but as an attractive foreign policy option in times of domestic scandal or economic decline.
  • In the last resort we can always walk home.
  • They reduce the frequency and intensity with which the authorities must intervene as lenders of last resort to avert systemic crises.
  • Actual punishment should only be used as a last resort; a sharp tap with a cardboard strip is quite sufficient.
  • Miliband decided to risk serious barracking by telling the TUC he could not support the strikes, even though industrial action was sometimes a necessary last resort. Ed Miliband endures rough ride at TUC after criticism of pension strike action
  • They are a technically reliable threat of last resort to discourage a foe from pressing too hard or threatening national survival.
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