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At all, At home, At large, At last, At length, At once, etc.

  • See under All, Home, Large, Last (phrase and syn.), Length, Once, etc.
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At last

  • adverb as the end result of a succession or process
    in the end; ultimately; finally; at last.
    • ultimately he had to give in
    • at long last the winter was over
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  • at the end of a certain period; after delay. "The duke of Savoy felt that the time had at last arrived." Motley.
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at long last

  • adverb as the end result of a succession or process
    in the end; ultimately; finally; at last.
    • ultimately he had to give in
    • at long last the winter was over
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At the last

  • . Prob. fr. AS. on laste behind, following behind, fr. last race, track, footstep. See Last mold of the foot. At the end; in the conclusion. Obs. "Gad, a troop shall overcome him; but he shall overcome at the last." Gen. xlix. 19.
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At the last gasp

  • at the point of death.
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cobbler's last

  • noun holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes
    cobbler's last; last.
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custer's last stand

  • noun a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull; Custer underestimated the size of the Sioux forces (which were supported by Cheyenne warriors) and was killed along with all his command
    Battle of the Little Bighorn; Battle of Little Bighorn; Little Bighorn.
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Darning last

  • a smooth, hard body, often egg-shaped, put into a stocking to preserve its shape in darning.
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every last

  • adjective satellite (used as intensive) every
    • every last one of you
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first and last

  • adverb taking everything together
    above all.
    • she was first and last a scientist
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First or last

  • at one time or another; at the beginning or end.
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last but not least

  • adverb in addition to all the foregoing
    last but not least.
    • last not least he plays the saxophone
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last day

  • noun (New Testament) day at the end of time following Armageddon when God will decree the fates of all individual humans according to the good and evil of their earthly lives
    Day of Judgment; Day of Judgement; Judgment Day; Judgement Day; doomsday; eschaton; crack of doom; day of reckoning; end of the world; Last Day; Last Judgement.
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last frontier

  • noun a state in northwestern North America; the 49th state admitted to the union
    AK; Alaska.
    • Alaska is the largest state in the United States
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last gasp

  • noun the point of death or exhaustion or completion
    • the last gasp of the cold war
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last half

  • noun the second of two halves of play
    second half.
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Last heir

  • the person to whom lands escheat for want of an heir. Eng. Abbott.
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last hurrah

  • noun a final performance or effort (especially before retirement)
    swan song.
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last in first out

  • noun inventory accounting in which the most recently acquired items are assumed to be the first sold
    LIFO.
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last judgement

  • noun (New Testament) day at the end of time following Armageddon when God will decree the fates of all individual humans according to the good and evil of their earthly lives
    Day of Judgment; Day of Judgement; Judgment Day; Judgement Day; doomsday; eschaton; crack of doom; day of reckoning; end of the world; Last Day; Last Judgement.
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last judgment

  • noun (New Testament) day at the end of time following Armageddon when God will decree the fates of all individual humans according to the good and evil of their earthly lives
    Day of Judgment; Day of Judgement; Judgment Day; Judgement Day; doomsday; eschaton; crack of doom; day of reckoning; end of the world; Last Day; Last Judgement.
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last laugh

  • noun ultimate success achieved after a near failure (inspired by the saying `he laughs best who laughs last')
    • we had the last laugh after the votes were counted
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last mentioned

  • adjective satellite the one most recently mentioned
    • the last mentioned pianist
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last mile

  • noun the last walk of a condemned person to the execution place
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last minute

  • noun the latest possible moment
    eleventh hour.
    • money became available at the eleventh hour
    • at the last minute the government changed the rules
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last name

  • noun the name used to identify the members of a family (as distinguished from each member's given name)
    family name; cognomen; surname.
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last not least

  • adverb in addition to all the foregoing
    last but not least.
    • last not least he plays the saxophone
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last out

  • verb hang on during a trial of endurance
    outride; ride out; stay.
    • ride out the storm
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last quarter

  • noun the last fourth of the Moon's period of revolution around the Earth
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last resort

  • noun an expedient adopted only in desperation
    pis aller.
    • `pis aller' is French for `worst going'
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last respects

  • noun the act of expressing respect for someone who has died
    • he paid his last respects by standing quietly at the graveside
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last rites

  • noun a Catholic sacrament; a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation
    extreme unction; anointing of the sick.
  • noun rites performed in connection with a death or burial
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last straw

  • noun the final irritation that stretches your patience beyond the limit
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last supper

  • noun the traditional Passover supper of Jesus with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion
    Lord's Supper.
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last word

  • noun the final statement in a verbal argument
    • she always gets the last word
  • noun an authoritative statement
    • my doctor has the last word on the medicines I take
  • noun elegance by virtue of being fashionable
    stylishness; swank; smartness; chicness; chichi; modishness; chic.
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last-ditch

  • adjective satellite of something done as a final recourse (especially to prevent a crisis or disaster)
    • a last-ditch attempt
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last-minute

  • adjective satellite just before a deadline; at the last minute
    • last-minute arrangements
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last-place

  • adjective satellite lowest in rank or importance
    lowest; last.
    • last prize
    • in last place
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laster-y

Last"er-y noun
Definitions
  1. A red color.Obs. Spenser.
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long-lasting

  • adjective satellite existing for a long time
    durable; long-lived; lasting.
    • hopes for a durable peace
    • a long-lasting friendship
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next-to-last

  • adjective satellite next to the last
    penultimate.
    • the author inadvertently reveals the murderer in the penultimate chapter
    • the figures in the next-to-last column
  • adjective satellite used of the third or next to final year in United States high school or college
    junior; third-year.
    • the junior class
    • a third-year student
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On one's last legs

  • at, or near, the end of one's resources; hence, on the verge of failure or ruin, especially in a financial sense. Colloq.
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One's last legs

  • . See under Last.
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shoemaker's last

  • noun holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes
    cobbler's last; last.
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The last cast

  • the last throw of the dice or last effort, on which every thing is ventured; the last chance.
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The last chance

  • the sole remaining ground of hope.
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To breathe one's last

  • to die; to expire.
  • to die.
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To die in the last ditch

  • to fight till death; to die rather than surrender.
    "There is one certain way," replied the Prince [William of Orange] " by which I can be sure never to see my country's ruin, I will die in the last ditch." Hume (Hist. of Eng. ).
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To the last

  • to the end; till the conclusion.
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trade-last

  • noun a compliment that I heard about you that I offer to trade for a compliment you have heard about me
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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