last minute


Definition of last minute

: the moment just before some climactic, decisive, or disastrous event

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last-minute \ ˈlas(t)-​ˈmi-​nət How to pronounce last-minute (audio) \ adjective

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Some impressed more than others, with others perhaps guilty of some last minute pre-tournament jitters., "International Roundup: Uruguay Win Comfortably While Germany Survive Late Scare to Beat Saudi Arabia," 8 June 2018 Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press Love to wait until the very last minute to file your taxes? Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "5 tips for really last-minute Tax Day filers," 16 Apr. 2018 In the background, the quartet could be heard deciding — until the very last minute — which one of them would take the interview. Jessi Roti,, "A grander, less thrashy Iceage still lets the music speak for itself," 19 June 2018 The list goes on: Consumers splurged in restaurants instead of stores, left the festive shopping to the last minute and resisted paying full price. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Retail’s Busy Complaints Department," 11 Jan. 2019 Kate Middleton was spotted over the weekend at The Range in King's Lynn, Norfolk with her two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, doing some last minute shopping before the Christmas holiday. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Reveals Her Sweet Nickname for Princess Charlotte," 24 Dec. 2018 Kate Middleton was spotted doing some last minute Christmas shopping at a discount store in the UK this week. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Did Some Last-Minute Christmas Shopping, & the Photos Are Adorable," 24 Dec. 2018 Upstairs at the Inn, production designer Melissa Mae and her team were putting last minute touches on signage and wooden props. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Here’s What It’s Really Like on the Set of a Hallmark Christmas Movie," 22 Dec. 2018 Pelosi was cutting deals up to the last minute before the vote to gather as much support as possible behind her, but not everyone was on board. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "As Nancy Pelosi prepares to make her speakership official, her opponents want to know her exit strategy," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of last minute

1653, in the meaning defined above

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