Definition of as a first (or last or final) resort in English:

as a first (or last or final) resort

phrase

  • See last resort

    • ‘I tried formatting the hard drive last weekend as a last resort.’
    • ‘He doesn't seem to have listened to anything and I just felt we had to be here as a last resort, to make our feelings known.’
    • ‘We only ever take parents to court as a last resort and it is not a course of action we take lightly and one which we would rather avoid.’
    • ‘It is quite a draconian measure and I'm all for using it as a last resort, but we seem to be talking about it as a first resort here.’
    • ‘According to Charles, sleep-walkers are often referred to hypnotherapy as a last resort, by doctors.’
    • ‘If armed force is to be used, it must be as a last resort when other means of prevention have failed.’
    • ‘Speaking in more general terms, they said inspections, dialogue, negotiations, are all instruments of choice to prevent proliferation, but as a final resort, they envisage the use of force.’
    • ‘Most come as a last resort, reaching a desperate point where any advice from the psychologist is welcome.’
    • ‘Critics have also expressed concerns that doctors are using the drug as a first resort and not considering alternative ways of controlling the condition.’
    • ‘He expects the council to allow memorials to be removed only as a last resort.’
    as a last resort, whatever the circumstances, no matter what, in any event, in any case, come what may
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Definition of as a first (or last or final) resort in English:

as a first (or last or final) resort

phrase

  • Before anything else is attempted (or when all else has failed):

    ‘the soldiers had orders not to shoot except as a last resort to save human life’
    ‘practitioners use these medicines as a first resort’
    as a last resort, whatever the circumstances, no matter what, in any event, in any case, come what may
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