last minute


: the moment just before some climactic, decisive, or disastrous event
last-minute adjective

Examples of last minute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But a prominent trucking executive has assembled a last minute plan to acquire Yellow out of bankruptcy — a proposal that seeks not only to rehire many of the company’s employees but also to work with their union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, to create a healthy business. Peter Eavis, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2023 And coming up, former Vice President Mike Pence is out of the Republican primary as President Biden gets us on last minute challenger. ABC News, 29 Oct. 2023 Demand for Swift’s tickets soared, with over 1 million users in virtual line the day of the show hoping to get a last minute seat. David Feliba, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 But here’s the thing: There are plenty of beautiful places to camp, even last minute with no reservation. Laura Lancaster, Outdoor Life, 19 Oct. 2023 The people that flew in paid a lot of money to get there last minute. Kate Lindsay, Vulture, 15 Oct. 2023 Pepsi bottle and fun little straw purchased last minute at CVS: $9. Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023 Below, take a look at 20 Halloween beauty looks from the past to inspire your last minute hair and makeup for this week’s festivities. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 31 Oct. 2023 Barring a last minute settlement, the trial will offer a rare glimpse into how executives set pay and choose who gets to advance inside a tech giant that has long sought to shroud those details from the public. WIRED, 2 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of last minute was in 1653

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“Last minute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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