Student or Learner
What does Last Ditch mean and in which contexts can it be used?
"Last ditch" means the ultimate last resort -- the final effort available to prevent a disaster. It is a desperado move.
- In a last-ditch effort to save the ship from sinking, the sailors ran her onto a reef.
- The negotiators pulled an all-nighter in a last-ditch effort to avert a strike.
There is an assumption that the expression refers to trench warfare, and maybe that's so. Here's a discussion you might like to look at:
Re: The last ditch