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 for To die in the last ditch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Die \Die\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Died; p. pr. & vb. n. Dying.]
     [OE. deyen, dien, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. deyja; akin to
     Dan. d["o]e, Sw. d["o], Goth. diwan (cf. Goth. afd?jan to
     harass), OFries. d?ia to kill, OS. doian to die, OHG. touwen,
     OSlav. daviti to choke, Lith. dovyti to torment. Cf. Dead,
     Death.]
     1. To pass from an animate to a lifeless state; to cease to
        live; to suffer a total and irreparable loss of action of
        the vital functions; to become dead; to expire; to perish;
        -- said of animals and vegetables; often with of, by,
        with, from, and rarely for, before the cause or occasion
        of death; as, to die of disease or hardships; to die by
        fire or the sword; to die with horror at the thought.
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              To die by the roadside of grief and hunger.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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              She will die from want of care.       --Tennyson.
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     2. To suffer death; to lose life.
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              In due time Christ died for the ungodly. --Rom. v.
                                                    6.
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     3. To perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or
        extinct; to be extinguished.
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              Letting the secret die within his own breast.
                                                    --Spectator.
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              Great deeds can not die.              --Tennyson.
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     4. To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness,
        discouragement, love, etc.
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              His heart died within, and he became as a stone. --1
                                                    Sam. xxv. 37.
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              The young men acknowledged, in love letters, that
              they died for Rebecca.                --Tatler.
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     5. To become indifferent; to cease to be subject; as, to die
        to pleasure or to sin.
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     6. To recede and grow fainter; to become imperceptible; to
        vanish; -- often with out or away.
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              Blemishes may die away and disappear amidst the
              brightness.                           --Spectator.
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     7. (Arch.) To disappear gradually in another surface, as
        where moldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.
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     8. To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor.
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     To die in the last ditch, to fight till death; to die
        rather than surrender.
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              "There is one certain way," replied the Prince
              [William of Orange] " by which I can be sure never
              to see my country's ruin, -- I will die in the last
              ditch."                               --Hume (Hist.
                                                    of Eng. ).
  
     To die out, to cease gradually; as, the prejudice has died
        out.
  
     Syn: To expire; decease; perish; depart; vanish.
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