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    at throwaway prices/throwaway bottles/throwaway chick/in the last ditch/

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    1. Great used furniture at throwaway prices.
    2. Used cars at throwaway prices.
    3. Baby gym at throwaway prices.
    at throw away prices = at reasonable prices = at favorable prices

    4. Here are a few throwaway bottles.
    throwaway = for one time use

    5. All put together with throwaway chic
    throwaway = unconstrained

    6. They will fight reform to the last ditch.
    last ditch = the last place that can be defended; the last resort

    7. To die in the last ditch.
    die in the last ditch = to fight till death; to die rather than surrender

    8. He threw away his cigarettes in a last-ditch effort to stop smoking.
    last ditch (adj.) = made or done as a last chance to keep from losing or tailing

    9. The soldiers had their backs to the wall.
    10. He was in debt and could not get any help; his back was against the wall.
    11. The team had their backs to the wall in the second half.
    back to the wall = back against the wall = in a trap, with no way to escape; in bad trouble.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: at throwaway prices/throwaway bottles/throwaway chick/in the last ditch/

    What's a baby gym?
    I would use disposable for something that has a one-time use, or single use. In the UK I remember we had bottles that were non-returnable, though I can't remember seeing it for years.

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    Re: at throwaway prices/throwaway bottles/throwaway chick/in the last ditch/

    What's a baby gym?
    I would use disposable for something that has a one-time use, or single use. In the UK I remember we had bottles that were non-returnable, though I can't remember seeing it for years.

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    Re: at throwaway prices/throwaway bottles/throwaway chick/in the last ditch/

    Hi Tdol,

    Thank you for your recommendation concerning the usage of the term for one-time use.

    Here are a few words and a picture of the incomprehensible for you “baby gym”.

    A lovely wooden baby gym ideal for amusing and stimulating young children… A colourful wooden baby gym which has 3 suspended wooden animals one of which has a mirror in its base, and 2 rattles suspended between the support legs on either side.

    Gym baby Gyms & Playmats at BizRate - Price Comparison and Consumer Reviews

    Regards,

    V.

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