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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Then Spencer will say something wild in the last minute of the show to hook you for the next episode. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Hills: New Beginnings Is Truly About Nothing—And I’m Obsessed," 26 June 2019 The Fifth Label Mini Ruffle Dress Got a last minute vacation planned before summer's end? Emily Ruane,, "Frock Away The Monday Blues With Prime Day Dress Deals," 15 July 2019 As the credits roll, viewers are treated to a last minute shock as a Buddi doll's eyes glow red in its box. Rosie Knight, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Child's Play' Sets Up a Sci-Fi Sequel," 22 June 2019 Elsewhere, New Mexico United scored a last minute equaliser before beating Colorado Rapids 4-2 on penalties., "US Open Cup Roundup: Portland Timbers Await Los Angeles FC or San Jose Earthquakes in Quarter-Final," 20 June 2019 Garland had a last minute workout with the New York Knicks, but they were sold on R.J. Barrett at No. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Cavaliers drafting Darius Garland is right pick to fit John Beilein’s offense — Terry Pluto," 20 June 2019 The march is timed to give advocates a last minute chance to try to persuade lawmakers to increase funding for schools. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Educators plan March to Madison in effort to restore Evers' education budget," 14 June 2019 Secretary of the State Denise Merrill issued a last minute plea Wednesday for passage of a bill that aims to improve access to the ballot in Connecticut. Daniela Altimari,, "Denise Merrill makes last minute push for election bill," 5 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of last minute

1653, in the meaning defined above

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