eleventh hour

eleventh hour
noun
the latest possible moment
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money became available at the eleventh hour

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at the last minute the government changed the rules

Syn: ↑last minute
Hypernyms: ↑moment, ↑minute, ↑second, ↑instant

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noun
Etymology: so called from the parable of the vineyard (Mt 20:1-16) where laborers hired at the “eleventh hour” are paid the same wage as those hired early in the day
: the latest possible time

perceived the danger of it at the eleventh hour — Louis Eisenmann

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the last possible moment for doing something: to change plans at the eleventh hour.
[1820-30]

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eleventh hour noun
The very last moment, referring to the Bible, Matthew 20.6,9
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Main Entry:eleven

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eleventh hour,
the latest possible moment; time just before it is too late.

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noun [singular]
: the latest possible time
— usually used in the phrase at the eleventh hour

The killer's life was spared at the eleventh hour. [=at the last minute]


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