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See last resortsee 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.’
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’
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