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 \ adjective

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Bryan Ruiz's last minute penalty bounced in off Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer to salvage a point for Los Ticos., "Oscar Ramirez Laments Tough Group as Costa Rica End World Cup Campaign With Respectable Draw," 28 June 2018 Ronaldo's last minute penalty to send Real Madrid through Semi-final of Champions League., "Death toll from bus crash rises to 16," 12 Apr. 2018 The Bucks, who have been prone to lopsided quarters during their skid, bounced right back against the 76ers' second unit, using a 30-10 run spanning the last minute of the first and opening six minutes of the second to tie the game. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 118, 76ers 110: Second-half spurt helps end four-game skid," 4 Mar. 2018 Need a little Halloween inspo of your own that doesn't require running to the costume store and dropping $80 at the literal last minute? Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Jennifer Garner Transforms Into the Wicked Witch for Halloween, Thanks to Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles," 31 Oct. 2018 Officials on both sides urged caution, warning a previous deal between Turkey and the U.S. for Mr. Brunson’s release had collapsed at the last minute. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey Is Expected to Release American Pastor on Friday," 11 Oct. 2018 Book Now Omni Oceanfront Resort Sonoma, California Oenophiles in search of a last minute Labor Day vacation should head to Northern California for Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Easy Labor Day Getaway Ideas for Last Minute Planners," 26 June 2018 In last minute canvassing, Haaland had white teachers, Muslim volunteers, and young Latinas making last-minute calls on her behalf. Russell Contreras, The Christian Science Monitor, "New Mexico steps closer to electing first-ever Native American congresswoman," 7 June 2018 According to People, Jessica has been in London recently to help Meghan with all the last minute details of the wedding. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Getting Ready for Their Wedding," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of last minute

1653, in the meaning defined above

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