last minute

last minute
the latest possible moment

money became available at the eleventh hour


at the last minute the government changed the rules

Syn: ↑eleventh hour
Hypernyms: ↑moment, ↑minute, ↑second, ↑instant

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the last minute
: the last possible time when something can be done

You shouldn't wait until the last minute before planning your retirement.

They were making changes to the show right up to the last minute.

last-minute adj, always used before a noun

last-minute changes to the show

They won the game with a last-minute touchdown.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • last-minute — adj [only before noun] happening or done as late as possible before something else happens ▪ a few last minute changes to the script …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • last minute — last mi|nute [ la:st mɪnɪt] <englisch> (kurzfristig [und preisreduziert]); last minute verreisen …   Die deutsche Rechtschreibung

  • last minute — (also last moment) ► NOUN ▪ the latest possible time before an event …   English terms dictionary

  • last minute — last minute, adj. /min it/ the time just preceding a deadline or when some decisive action must be taken. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • last minute — index dilatory Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • last-minute — adjective just before a deadline; at the last minute (Freq. 1) last minute arrangements • Similar to: ↑unpunctual * * * adj late, overdue, hasty, rushed, forced, superficial COLLOQ. eleventh hour * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • last minute — 1. noun An arbitrary (non specific) point in time, too close to a deadline to reasonably begin a critical task. I like to do everything at the last minute. It does tend to make me late for things, though. 2. adjective Very close to a deadline …   Wiktionary

  • last minute — noun Date: 1920 the moment just before some climactic, decisive, or disastrous event • last minute adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • last-minute — adjective see last minute …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • last-minute — See last minute. * * * …   Universalium

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