Last resort

Last resort is an idiom that has been in use for hundreds of years. We will examine the meaning of the idiom last resort, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

A last resort is a solution or recourse that one turns to when all other avenues to resolve a problem fail. A last resort is an answer or solution that one turns to reluctantly. The idiom last resort comes from the French, en dernier ressort, which means last resort and originally referred to a court from which there could be no appeal–the decision was final. The term last resort has been in use in the English language since the 1600s.

Examples

TAIPA, the state’s auto insurer of last resort, on Sept. 11, 2019, filed a request for a 4.9% increase in private passenger automobile rates and a 4.8% increase in commercial automobile rates, TDI said. (The Insurance Journal)

“If the absenteeism does not improve, then as the last resort within the district, the family is referred to (School Attendance Review Board) and ultimately placed on a SARB (attendance) contract.” (The Merced Sun-Star)

‘This is our last resort’: 48,000 General Motors workers to go on nationwide strike for first time in 12 years (The South China Morning Post)

THE Scottish Government has put plans in place to run the railways as an “operator of last resort” if ScotRail’s performance fails to improve, the Transport Secretary has confirmed. (The National)