last minute

the time just preceding a deadline or when some decisive action must be taken.


last-minute, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Example sentences
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.
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