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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The latest Trump-Xi meeting takes place more than a month after U.S. and Chinese negotiators broke off trade talks, each side accusing the other of seeking to change the details at the last minute. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump, Xi Jinping of China hold make-or-break trade meeting," 28 June 2019 The 28-year-old was close to a dream move back to the Spanish capital in 2015, but a deal fell through at the last minute after Real Madrid (infamously) had a problem with their fax machine., "Manchester United 'Confident' of David de Gea Stay After Upping Massive Contract Offer," 22 June 2019 Members of the Anchorage congregation hosted Ramirez and three other young woman of the church who were traveling last minute. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s ‘wedding cake church’ opens its doors after more than a decade of construction," 22 June 2019 The Shanghai-London Stock Connect was originally scheduled to launch last December, but it was delayed at the last minute. David Meyer, Fortune, "Foreign Companies Can List on a Chinese Stock Exchange for the First Time," 17 June 2019 Don’t wait until the last minute to see if your doctor brings it up. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Know If You Should Talk to Someone About a Low Sex Drive," 22 May 2019 Passing at the last minute — after a spectacular failure last year — was the state water plan. Jan Ellen Spiegel,, "Environmental measures win quiet, but major, victories," 7 June 2019 Undecided voters making up their minds at the very last minute could also break disproportionately to one candidate or side, either nationally or in particular races or regions. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Polls can be wrong," 19 Oct. 2018 Inspired to join him, Sellers signed up last minute for the Huntsville Marathon in Utah, her first ever 26.2-mile race. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Sarah Sellers Went From Surprise Podium Finisher at the Boston Marathon to Pro Athlete," 8 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of last minute

1653, in the meaning defined above

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