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last minute

[min-it] /ˈmɪn ɪt/
noun
1.
the time just preceding a deadline or when some decisive action must be taken.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
Related forms
last-minute, adjective
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Examples for last minute
  • Put up jars now to tuck into gift baskets, use as stocking stuffers, or have on hand for last minute presents this winter.
  • Then, barely three years later, she stood in at the last minute for a singer in a show she had to present to the audience.
  • Most trips have steep penalty charges for canceling at the last minute.
  • At the last minute it veers and pops its head above water, no more than two feet away.
  • We decided to put the dog to sleep but at the last minute my dad decided that he loved the dog too much to let go.
  • These nuclear industry moles won't have a serious debate, backed out of one at the last minute.
  • They throw in last minute obstacles and other excuses of why she still hasn't earned the right to go to the party.
  • The company put together the components as requested at the last minute before delivery.
  • Extra services can be laid on at the last minute during unexpectedly busy times.
  • Devaluation was seen as a national humiliation, so was resisted until the last minute.

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