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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The Pacers extended the advantage to 27 points early in the third quarter before Atlanta cut it to 82-72 in the last minute. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Pacers blow huge lead in NBA Summer League loss," 11 July 2018 Sean Hamilton made the last minute shot to put the game into overtime and then Sean made the clincher shot for the win. Chris Folks, Laurel Leader, "Fifth graders move on in elementary school celebration [West Laurel]," 28 June 2018 But the Chiefs had a high-profile game on a Monday night, won in the last minute, and a boy in Minnesota was hooked. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Herrera's gone, what's next for Royals and worrisome about Chiefs," 19 June 2018 While the run lasts over six months, don’t wait until the last minute to check it out—tickets for this blockbuster show have been selling out weeks in advance. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Exhibits at Museums and Galleries in L.A. This Month," 5 June 2018 That last minute of regulation also included a controversial replay in which officials overturned a Durant charge call and ruled that James had fouled him. Jerry Brewer,, "LeBron James can't save the Cavaliers from stupid," 1 June 2018 Those waiting until the last minute to pay their taxes have a new problem on their hands: The IRS website is having technical difficulties. Eli Blumenthal, USA TODAY, "IRS website suffers technical difficulties on Tax Day," 17 Apr. 2018 High Times' Cannabis Cup slated for 4/20 of this year faced a last minute permit denial from San Bernardino County just 48 hours before gates opened for the event. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Chalice Festival Sues Bureau of Cannabis Control as Weed-Centric Events Battle With Legalization," 13 July 2018 Japan looked tired into the latter stages, but won a corner in the last minute of injury time., "Mad, Mad, Mad: Twitter Melts Down as Belgium and Japan Give Us a World Cup Classic," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of last minute

1653, in the meaning defined above

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