Last in sequence but not least in importance, as in Last but not least, I want to thank all the people who sent me copies of my article in the paper. [ Late 1500s ]
- Last call optimisation
programming (Or “tail call optimisation”) Discarding the immediate calling context (call stack frame) when the last action of a function or procedure, A, is to call another function or procedure, B. B will then return directly to A’s caller, or possibly further up the call stack if the optimisation has been applied to several consecutive […]
- Last chance saloon
noun 1. a place frequented by unsavoury or contemptible people 2. a situation considered to be the last opportunity for success
adjective 1. (transformational grammar) denoting rules that apply only to main clauses Compare cyclic (sense 6), post-cyclic
- Last-ditch effort
A desperate final attempt, as in We’re making a last-ditch effort to finish on time. This expression alludes to the military sense of last ditch, “the last line of defense.” Its figurative use dates from the early 1800s.