early/late in the game

idiom

: at an early/late time in a game or sport
She scored a goal early in the game.
often used figuratively
It's too late in the game to change the date of the meeting.
She got into the computer industry early in the game.

Examples of early/late in the game in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Rapids are 2-2-2 and coming off a 3-2 upset win over Los Angeles FC last week as new signing Djordje Mihailovic scored his first two goals for Colorado late in the game. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 5 Apr. 2024 Purdy suffered an elbow injury early in the game, however, and the 49ers lost, 31-7. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Social media went into overdrive after the controversial incident with NBA great James leading the criticism and much of the furore stemming from the call being made so late in the game. Issy Ronald, CNN, 6 Apr. 2024 The details of the demise of the campus proposal are unclear, but the project ran into some powerful opposition and then-Mayor Kevin Faulconer pulled the plug late in the game. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2024 Making matters worse, Rozier was limping late in the game. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 5 Apr. 2024 As a result, errors discovered late in the game can involve additional costs and prolonged timelines. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Apr. 2024 This late in the game, many people don't want to order eclipse glasses online. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2024 The Current’s early perfect season, though, seemed to be in some jeopardy late in the game Saturday. Maddie Hartley, Kansas City Star, 30 Mar. 2024

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“Early/late in the game.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/early%2Flate%20in%20the%20game. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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