"This is a question of last importance" is an expression I have never heard. "This is a question of the greatest importance" or "This is a question of the highest importance" are both more likely. Possibly, it is used as a synonym for those other expressions.Originally Posted by o_cat
He bought a tape recorder for a song = He didn't pay much for it. He bought it cheaply.
You got the "baseball" question just right. :D
Your impression of "He cut his father dead in the street" could be the correct one, but my impression was that violence was involved. More context would, no doubt, be helpful.
His father told him off = His father scolded him. He criticized him in a stern manner.