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 Earlier that week, not many had signed up for the event, but a last minute surge exceeded expectations and made the event a success. Steve Smith,, "Chamber holds annual summer picnic," 4 Sep. 2020 The Falwell’s attempt to sandbag me, and the Examiner, with a last minute story without providing the Examiner clear evidence that this was not simply an ‘affair’ with concocted allegations of extortion reeks desperation. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "'Granny panties': Falwell Jr. denies that sharing image of exposed female Liberty University student was sexual act," 26 Aug. 2020 The enrollment number has held steady from last year, but Finley Odell said officials at the private school have seen a surge of last minute applications in recent weeks. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "Some north suburban private schools with in-person classes see enrollment bump as parents ‘figure out the best option for their children'," 25 Aug. 2020 The best bet: Don't wait until the very last minute to ask for extra help. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Odds could be in your favor in request for more financial aid — but don't wait," 21 Aug. 2020 Then, rumours began swirling that Clare had hit it off instantly with a contestant named Dale Moss and was leaving the show early to be with him, forcing production to bring in Tayshia to as a last minute replacement as the season’s lead. Ineye Komonibo,, "Seriously — What’s Going On With The Bachelorette?," 10 Aug. 2020 Patrons can also follow the theater company on Facebook for updates regarding rain or last minute cancelations the evening of a performance. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Shakespeare in the Park releases summer schedule, first show is Friday," 14 Aug. 2020 The auction is slated to end on Thursday though the site says the timelines may be extended if there is a flurry of last minute bids. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "People are paying hundreds for Fyre Festival merch," 10 Aug. 2020 Conservative Republicans in the Legislature passed the measure as part of a last minute addition to a human services budget bill in response to an Iowa Supreme Court ruling in March 2019. David Pitt, Star Tribune, "Iowa court dismisses suit over coverage for sex reassignment," 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of last minute

1653, in the meaning defined above

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10 Sep 2020

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“Last minute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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