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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