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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And then in the last minute of stoppage time, Michael Boxall had an Opara header come to his feet in front of goal. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United falls 2-1 to Atlanta in U.S. Open Cup final," 27 Aug. 2019 However, it is only meant to be used in a spacecraft and will only last minutes outside a spacecraft before its wearer faces the risk of death. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Spacesuits have been bulky since before Apollo 11. A skintight design may change that," 17 July 2019 But after 47 minutes of pandemonium, there was one last minute of craziness and the Warriors had a shot that everyone in the Bay Area would’ve sold their houses for: a Stephen Curry 3-pointer for the win. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Toronto Raptors Win the NBA Championship," 14 June 2019 Cecilia came out with an interesting game plan in the first quarter, waiting out long possessions that lasted minutes. Andrew Scherer,, "Salmen 48, Cecilia 43: Carey Holmes scores 20, Spartans hang-on to defeat Cecilia," 23 Feb. 2018 Their partnership was last minute because Crabb’s usual partner Tri Bourne, suffered a recent hand injury. Los Angeles Times, "Canadian duo Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes take Manhattan Beach Open title," 18 Aug. 2019 Detroit waited until the absolute last minute to deal Castellanos, presumably with the hope of getting the maximum prospect return for an impact bat. Matt Martell,, "Grading the Cubs' Trade for Nicholas Castellanos," 31 July 2019 The supposed strike was canceled last minute by Trump and the administration instead imposed another round of crippling sanctions that have sent Iran's economy into a tailspin. Fox News, "Iran fires back at White House over claims it has been violating nuclear deal for years: 'Seriously?'," 3 July 2019 Registration will stay open almost until the last minute, but the parade is almost full. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Southern Indiana Pride is this weekend. Here's everything you need to know," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of last minute

1653, in the meaning defined above

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