in the nick of time


: just before the last moment when something can be changed or something bad will happen
He decided to go just in the nick of time.
The ambulance arrived in the nick of time.

Examples of in the nick of time in a Sentence

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“In the nick of time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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