last resort

Definitions

  • A Last Resort
    A Last Resort
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n last resort an expedient adopted only in desperation "`pis aller' is French for `worst going'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Last resort ultimate means of relief; also, final tribunal; that from which there is no appeal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Last resort the last means of relief, the final tribunal—the French dernier ressort
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Quotations

  • Rubye Fields
    Rubye Fields
    “Generally, employees who file complaints of discrimination do so as a last resort.”
  • Jerry Brown
    Jerry Brown
    “The government is becoming the family of last resort.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
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    “Civilization is nothing more than the effort to reduce the use of force to the last resort.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
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    “What then in the last resort are the truths of mankind? They are the irrefutable errors of mankind.”
  • J. G. Ballard
    J.%20G.%20Ballard
    “Perhaps violence, like pornography, is some kind of an evolutionary standby system, a last-resort device for throwing a wild joker into the game?”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ressortir—L. re-, back, sortīri, to cast lots—sors, sortis, a lot.

Usage

In literature:

At last he resorted to the Indian language, and that she pretended not to know.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Therefore atom bombs will be used only as a last resort.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
All this, however, was insufficient, and as a last resort the expedient of tampering with the currency was tried.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel
An application to the American Legation, as a desperate final resort, served the purpose at last.
"Russian Rambles" by Isabel F. Hapgood
She would, as a last resort, have challenged Dalton.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
Nevertheless, we must hastily reject such an absurd explanation as a last, desperate resort.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
As a last resort, she thought of throwing herself on Taylor's mercy.
"The Land of Promise" by D. Torbett
Now what are you going to do as a last resort?
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
She was greatly prejudiced against patent medicines, but as a last resort we tried a bottle of Dr. Pierce's Favorite Prescription.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The hunter's last resort in trapping the coloured fox is to set a snare for him.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
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In poetry:

The poor rats were at their wits' end
Their homes and families to defend;
And as a last resort
They took the case to court.
"How The Cat Was Belled" by Carolyn Wells
He told us we were free to choose
But, children as we were, we thought---
"Paternal Love will only use
Force in the last resort
"Friday's Child" by W H Auden
It works, there is nothing wrong with it.
You have a hole, it's a poultice.
You have an eye, it's an image.
My boy, it's your last resort.
Will you marry it, marry it, marry it.
"The Applicant" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Don't miss ' Last Resort .
Last Resort , Nashville, and The Mindy Project are the fall's best new shows.
Macho Military Drama Last Resort Tackles Sexism.
Camillie de Pazzis and Andre Braugher in Last Resort .
'30 Rock,' ' Last Resort ,' 'Elementary'.
During the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association's (MHLA) annual membership luncheon held last month at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa assisted with the induction of the 2012-13 MHLA board of directors.
Nowadays, I would never use that technology unless it was a last resort, thanks to the prevalence of DVD burning, DVRs, etc.
ABC Cancels 'Last Resort,' '666 Park Avenue'.
The 27th Heart Ball was held last night at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.
Gas imports are 'last resort'.
Nuclear weapons, once a nation's presumed weapon of last resort, could become a feature of modern warfare.
Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu 's North Shore will start a $60 million renovation in early January 2013 that will last throughout the year.
'Last Resort' surfaces dramatically on ABC.
Promising 'Last Resort' could easily go overboard .
Only a century ago hungry Belfast folk scavenged the shores for oysters and shellfish as a last resort.
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In science:

Should probably only be used as a last resort.
String Theory and the Vacuum Structure of Confining Gauge Theories
We use the best available center position (i.e., a central continuum source, if present, otherwise a nuclear source in the 3.6 µm image and as a last resort the center as derived using E L L FIT) as an initial center estimate for ROTCUR and make a fit with all parameters left free (including the center).
Dynamical Centers and Non-Circular Motions in THINGS Galaxies: Implications for Dark Matter Halos
In last resort it is this criterion that would explain the emergence of “classicality”.
Experimental proposal for testing the Emergence of Environment Induced (EIN) Classical Selection rules with Biological Systems
On the other hand, last but not least, random strategies are also very cheap to implement: following them, everyone can invest in the stock market by himself/herself, reducing the efforts to gather expensive information and without resorting to costly financial consultants or to complicate trading rules.
The beneficial role of random strategies in social and financial systems
On the other hand, any problem for which finding solutions is hard, but testing a candidate solution is easy, can at last resort be solved by an exhaustive search, and here Grover’s algorithm may prove very useful.
Quantum Computing
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