last minute


Definition of last minute

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

Other Words from last minute

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

Examples of last minute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The July 8 concert at Rogers Centre was canceled at the last minute because of a nationwide network outage, leaving many fans sharing their disappointment online. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 16 July 2022 Residents of 19 states participated in the 2022 academy, though a musician from Hawaii had to cancel at the last minute because of ill health. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 1 July 2022 In 2013, the Leafs led the Bruins, 4-1, in the third period of Game 7 before surrendering three regulation goals — two in the last minute — and conceding a Patrice Bergeron goal in overtime. New York Times, 17 May 2022 Then, at the very last minute, the entire in-person event was scrapped in favor of one big Zoom meeting. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Jan. 2022 It was then topped off with an ethereal, cloak-like double layer of transparent silk tulle, hand-embroidered with crystals, sequins, and bugle beads that Gurung and his team were sewing into the gown up until the very last minute. Vogue, 28 Mar. 2022 Brandy was supposed to be on the bill but had to pull out last minute due to illness. Katrina Nattress, SPIN, 15 May 2022 Tom Tunney, 44th, sought to address criticism that the mayor and her allies were trying to jam through a deal last minute. Alice Yin, Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2022 The final proof of election fraud, which he was supposed to deliver last minute, was no longer going to arrive. Doug Bock Clark, ProPublica, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of last minute

1653, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jul 2022

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“Last minute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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