Last Resort

Meaning of Idiom ‘Last Resort’ The last resort is a final action or effort to achieve something when everything else fails; a coarse of action to be taken only when nothing else succeeds; a final hope. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton … Read more

Last One In is a Rotten Egg

Meaning of Idiom ‘Last One In is a Rotten Egg’ Last one in is a rotten egg is used by children (or by adults with humor) as a way to urge others to join in. It especially refers to jumping into water. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage This … Read more

Last Word, the

Also: ‘Have the last word’ ‘Get the last word’ ‘Be the last word’ ‘Be/Say One’s Last word (about something) Meaning of Idiom ‘the Last Word’ The last word is used in two idioms which can have several meanings. “To have the last word” means to have the right or to take the right to have the … Read more

The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back

Also: The last straw, The final straw Meaning of Idiom ‘The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back’ The straw that broke the camel’s back refers to a minor happening, circumstance, etc. which, when added to a whole string of other annoyances, is finally too much to bear. When something is the last straw or the … Read more

Last Person (or Thing), the

Meaning of Idiom ‘The Last Person’ The last person or the last thing can have several different meanings, depending on the context. The last person may refer to someone who is very unlikely or unwilling to do something; a person to whom it is very dangerous or inadvisable to do something; or a the least expected or wanted person. … Read more

Last-Ditch (effort, attempt)

Meaning of the Idiom ‘Last-Ditch’ A last-ditch effort or attempt is a final desperate attempt to achieve something before giving up for good or ultimately failing. See also the last resort. Examples Of Use “In the final seconds of the game, Jordan made a last ditch effort to score from half-court.” “In a last-ditch attempt to … Read more

Last Laugh (have the)

Meaning of the Idiom ‘Last Laugh’ To have the last laugh means to be victorious over one’s opponents or critics, especially after being doubted; to succeed in the end even after much difficulty and setback. Usage “My boss fired me today but I’ll get the last laugh. What he doesn’t know is that I already accepted … Read more

Last Fling (have a)

Also: Final Fling Meaning of the Idiom ‘Last Fling’ To have the last fling means to have one last short period of enjoyment before circumstances curtail one’s freedom. The circumstances may be marriage, University, the military, etc. The expression may refer to simply having fun, but, in the case of marriage, it may refer to having sexual … Read more

Last But Not Least

Meaning of Idiom ‘Last but Not Least’ Last but not least means last in a sequence, but not least in importance. In a long list of people being mentioned or introduced, the last person may be referred to as last but not least. This idiom is also applied to the last in a list of items, … Read more