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last minute

[min-it] /ˈmɪn ɪt/
the time just preceding a deadline or when some decisive action must be taken.
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last-minute, adjective Unabridged
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  • Early morning hours would be spent in last-minute preparations.

  • Kennon loaded the jeep with the last-minute items he would need.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • The confusion of last-minute preparations to receive them was at its height.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • That, too, had been a last-minute addition, an experiment which had only had partial testing.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • With a sweep of silver and ash-colored plush, Miss Nefer came past him, for once leading the last-minute hurry to the stage.

    No Great Magic Fritz Reuter Leiber
British Dictionary definitions for last-minute


(modifier) given or done at the latest possible time: last-minute preparations
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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