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most recent or nearest to the present time
I hadn't seen him since the last meeting.
last night/week/year etc
Did you see the game on TV last night?
The law was passed last August.
Interest in golf has grown rapidly in the last ten years.
Things have changed since
the last time
the most recent occasion
you were here.
happening or existing at the end, with no others after
I didn't read the last chapter of the book.
The next meeting will be held in the last week in June.
the last person/thing etc to do something
Anna was the last person to see him alive.
last but one/two etc
last except for one other, two others etc
on the last but one day of his trial
remaining after all others have gone, been used etc
Can I have the last piece of cake?
used to emphasize that you mean all of something
All the money was gone; every last penny of it.
the last minute/moment
the latest possible time before something happens
Travelers will find it hard to get a hotel room at the last minute.
He never makes a decision until almost the last moment.
the last person/thing
used to make a strong negative statement about someone or something
She's the last person I'd expect to meet in a disco
I would not expect to meet her in a disco at all
Money was the last thing I cared about right now.
the last thing somebody needs/wants
The last thing she needed was for me to start crying too.
be the last straw
to be the final thing in a series of annoying things that makes someone very angry
He'd broken his promise again, and it was the last straw.
last thing (at night)
at the very end of the day
Take a couple of these pills last thing at night to help you sleep.
on your last legs
Sarah looks as if she's on her last legs.
very ill and likely to die soon
on its last legs
old or in bad condition, and likely to stop working soon
The car's on its last legs.
be the last word in something
to be the best, most modern, or most comfortable example of something
It's the last word in luxury holidays.
➔ last resort
➔ with your last/dying breath
➔ have the last laugh
➔ the last/final word
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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