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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.

The last thing, not to be confused with the idiom ‘last thing,’ may refer to the least expected, desirable, or advisable thing. (Source 1), (Source 2)

Examples Of Use

“Dennis is the last person you want to cross!”

“I’m the last person to say money isn’t important, but I don’t think it is the key to happiness.”

“Carrie is the last person I’d have expected to go skydiving.”

“Out of everyone who works here, Will is the last person I want working with me on this project.”

“No way you’re getting behind the wheel. Letting you drive my car is the last thing I’d do!”

“The last thing you want to do is cross Deniss!”


In use since at least the late 1800’s.

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