eleventh hour


Definition of eleventh hour

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Despite his eleventh hour volte-face, Meadows might well have already delivered the probe new information of interest in the form of 6,000 pages of documents. Gregory Krieg, CNN, 8 Dec. 2021 The brewing conflict came to a head during eleventh hour state budget negotiations in Albany. New York Times, 5 May 2021 The move reverses an eleventh hour decision by Donald Trump in the final days of his administration that brought backlash from bipartisan politicians and humanitarian organizations. Nic Robertson, Nada Bashir And Charbel Mallo, CNN, 23 Apr. 2021 Negotiations ultimately came down to the eleventh hour heading into Spotify's fourth quarter earnings on the morning of Feb. 5. Natalie Jarvey, Billboard, 5 Feb. 2020 Now Johnson will also be known for having her voice and image placed next to President Trump’s own appeal, in the eleventh hour of his impeachment trial, for reelection. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 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, 18 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of eleventh hour

1821, in the meaning defined above

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“Eleventh hour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eleventh%20hour. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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