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 Inventories will be slimmer in the eleventh hour, but hotels may still cut prices on unsold rooms. Harriet Baskas, NBC News, 19 Nov. 2023 Even the Pakistan cricket team were only able to obtain visas at the eleventh hour, after complaints of a delay in the process which the Pakistan Cricket Board said disrupted the team’s preparation for the event. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 12 Oct. 2023 Period dramas were out of fashion among film buyers at the time, apparently, and a key financier pulled out of the project at the eleventh hour. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Sep. 2023 The newly mature Leon is thoughtful and expansive, yet there is something garish about his transformation at the eleventh hour. Jasmine Liu, The New Republic, 4 Aug. 2023 Budget disagreements typically drag out as both parties fight to include their own priorities, with a final deal often not made until the eleventh hour after a marathon voting session. Cami Mondeaux, Washington Examiner, 26 July 2023 Despite the eleventh hour switcheroo, which almost certainly diminished some support, 49 Democrats and 98 Republicans still joined to support, although the measure fell short of passage. Time, 17 July 2023 Despite the involvement of a federal mediator who was brought in at the eleventh hour to help resolve the conflict, groups representing the actors and the studios were unable to agree to a new film and TV contract before a Wednesday night deadline. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2023 The bill making this policy a reality passed out of the General Assembly in the eleventh hour, hitting Democratic Gov. Wes Moore’s desk minutes ahead of the legislature’s midnight deadline on the last day of the 2023 legislative session. Hannah Gaskill, Baltimore Sun, 5 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eleventh hour was in 1821

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“Eleventh hour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eleventh%20hour. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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