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 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, "In a fabled desert city, a decisive battle could determine Yemen's fate," 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, "Spotify to Acquire Bill Simmons' The Ringer to Expand Podcast Business," 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, "The False Hope of “Bipartisan” Criminal Justice Reform," 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, "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

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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 7 May. 2021.

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: the latest possible time

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