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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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 Although England shouldn’t expect any last minute surprises with Danijel Subasic still expected to start in goal for Croatia, with Mandzukic taking his usual place as their lone striker., "VIDEO: Mario Mandzukic Produces Stunning Save in Training as He Shows Off Hidden Talent," 10 July 2018 Illustrating this uphill battle, the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted narrowly to endorse Pompeo after a dramatic last minute switch by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Bethany Mandel, Jewish Journal, "Jewish groups sit on both sides of fence on nomination of Pompeo to secretary of state," 24 Apr. 2018 Fallston climbed back into the game with two last minute goals to end the quarter. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "CMW pulls off lacrosse sweep, with girls, boys wins over Fallston," 20 Apr. 2018 Jeff still led 64-62 and Ballard had several chances in the last minute but couldn’t score. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "Jeffersonville boys basketball makes a statement in win over Ballard," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of last minute

1653, in the meaning defined above

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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