eleventh hour


Definition of eleventh hour

: the latest possible time before it is too late still making changes at the eleventh hour

Examples of eleventh hour in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Wales international was deemed to be surplus to requirements in the Spanish capital during the summer and was on the brink of moving to the Chinese Super League, only for a deal to fall apart in the eleventh hour. SI.com, "Zinedine Zidane Admits He Wants Gareth Bale to Stay at Real Madrid," 5 Nov. 2019 Merrill said that New Haven’s voter problems were largely a result of enormous crowds appearing at the eleventh hour due to issues with Yale University students’ absentee ballots. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Tuesday is Election Day in Connecticut. Here’s what you need to know," 4 Nov. 2019 The France international, who was part of their World Cup winning squad, saw a move to Liverpool fall through in the eleventh hour last summer but hasn't come close to securing a move away from Lyon since. SI.com, "Lyon President Confirms 'No Offers' for Nabil Fekir & Admits Talks With Atletico Madrid Star," 18 June 2019 Fortunately, a stopgap spending bill signed by Trump in the eleventh hour to avoid a government shutdown included a brief extension of VAWA through December 7. Jennifer Weiss-wolf, Harper's BAZAAR, "Even If Kavanaugh Gets Confirmed, We Must Fight For the Violence Against Women Act," 4 Oct. 2018 There have been a lot of eleventh hour telephone talks. Katie Nicholl, Vanities, "Meghan Markle Is Still Trying to Convince Her Father to Come to Her Wedding," 15 May 2018 Waiting for the eleventh hour to consider a must-pass funding bill is no way to run the government. Steven Lemongello, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida U.S. representatives wildly split over $1.3 trillion spending bill — even within parties," 22 Mar. 2018 On Saturday, President Trump delivered a fiery speech in western Pennsylvania as part of an eleventh hour bid to boost a Republican candidate in a competitive House race in the heart of Trump country. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "NBC's Chuck Todd didn't appreciate Trump's profane put-down. Neither did Betsy DeVos," 12 Mar. 2018 Riddle was originally scheduled to debut in New Japan’s World Tag League, but revealed that the deal disintegrated during the eleventh hour. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "EVOLVE’s Matt Riddle Is Ready to Make the Jump to the Big Time and Tap Out Brock Lesnar," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of eleventh hour

1821, in the meaning defined above

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“Eleventh hour.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eleventh%20hour. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of eleventh hour

: the latest possible time

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