Definition of last resort in English:

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last resort


A final course of action, used only when all else has failed: asking them to leave the school should be a last resort [as modifier]: a last-resort treatment for lung cancer
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  • Court action was, however, a last resort.
  • War should in any case always be a last resort in settling an international conflict.
  • In most cases, pesticides should be considered the last resort for reducing losses due to pests.



as a first (or last or final) resort

Before anything else is attempted (or when all else has failed).

in the last resort

Ultimately: in the last resort what really moves us is our personal convictions
Suggested by French en dernier ressort

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Syllabification: last re·sort

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