last minute


Definition of last minute

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

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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 Costello's post went on to claim that he would be pulled from jobs, last minute, after discovering Teigen was allegedly threatening brands that worked with him. NBC News, 15 June 2021 Instead of a drive-in movie night — which sold less than 100 tickets — the school pivoted last minute to an in-person prom in the campus courtyard, allowing up to 400 seniors and their guests to attend. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 The festival, canceled in 2020, came together last minute, thanks to the mayor’s urging and an emergency arts fund. Christopher Arnott,, 25 May 2021 The union representing American Airlines flight attendants is lashing out at a memo from company leaders urging them to forgo getting food and hustle to get to planes on time, even when being called in last minute to crew a flight. Dallas News, 7 May 2021 Travelers are also looking for flexibility, says Tans, such as the ability to book or cancel last minute (and the option to make such changes on their phones). Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2021 Watts said the March 25 meeting at Traveler’s Cafe and Pub in Portage, Mich., was planned last minute. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 But other than meeting a friend or picking something up last minute, Hopkins doesn’t expect to change her mall shopping habits anytime soon., 18 Mar. 2021 Neither team scored in the last minute-plus as Spain Park (27-6) missed a layup, a short putback and the front end of a one-and-one. Bill Lumpkin Iii, al, 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of last minute

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of last minute was in 1653

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19 Jun 2021

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“Last minute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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