Definition of Last resort

1. Noun. An expedient adopted only in desperation. "`pis aller' is French for `worst going'"

Exact synonyms: Pis Aller
Generic synonyms: Expedient

Definition of Last resort

1. Noun. (idiomatic) The only remaining, unwanted, option or choice. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Last Resort

last laugh
last meal
last mentioned
last mile
last minute
last name
last names
last night
last not least
last of the big spenders
last orders
last out
last post
last posts
last quarter
last resort (current term)
last respects
last rites
last sixteen
last straw
last thing one needs
last time
last trump
last word
last words
last year

Literary usage of Last resort

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"Decisions of the court of last resort of the state in which property Is situated, and In which the transactions that form the subject of this litigation ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Besides this, they were regularly acquitted by the court of last resort in the suits which were brought against them by the Protestant pastors. ..."

3. A History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States by William Dunlap, Frank William Bayley, Charles Eliot Goodspeed (1918)
"... and that the means to pay these debts, and the current expenses of the institution, were, in the last resort, the Bale of the property of the academy; ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"But it must in most cases he taken to be the scheme of fundamental doctrine (so far as it was ever entitled to such a description) which in the last resort ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"... power to some hidden source of a kind already known ; or in the last resort he would seek for a source of energy of a new kind and give it a new name. ..."

6. Bouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle (1914)
"... by a court of last resort, which decides some particular point in question, aud to which reference is constantly or frequently mude, for the purpose of ..."

7. The Works of Rufus Choate: With a Memoir of His Life by Rufus Choate, Samuel Gilman Brown (1862)
"... live and executive, but is the supreme power in the last resort, whose determinations are conclusive on all other branches and all other men. ..."

8. The History of the Virginia Federal Convention of 1788 by Hugh Blair Grigsby (1890)
"tro, as a last resort to seek a license to practice law, with the hope of gathering, in the suburbs of a proud profession, a scanty support for his family, ..."

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