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01:00 Apr 9, 2008
English to Chinese translations [PRO] Bus/Financial - Finance (general)
English term or phrase:last chance saloon
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Last Chance Saloon
As an English metaphorGeneral use
In everyday speech, by both American and British speakers of English, the term has been adopted to describe a situation beyond which hope or good fortune will greatly diminish. Because of its infrequent use in relation to alcohol or bars, "last chance saloon" is usually employed as a paralogical metaphor. Comedy duo Matt Lucas and David Walliams described the launch of their Little Britain series as their "Last Chance Saloon", after having been behind a number of worthy, yet largely ignored, projects before.
The expression often lends itself to newspaper headlines, as it describes a complex situation in a relatively scant number of letters. In a famous example, John Major's 1995 attempt to stave off critics by calling for a Conservative Party leadership election was famously headlined in The Independent as "John Major's Last Chance Saloon"—but there are many others.