the last moment


: the latest possible time
Our flight was canceled at the last moment.
She finished her paper at the last moment.
Many people wait until the last (possible) moment before shopping for Christmas presents.

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Recent Examples on the Web The family was driving north on Sherman Boulevard and got into the far-right lane as if to turn onto Locust Street, but at the last moment, the driver kept going straight and passed to the right of another car. Ashley Luthern, Journal Sentinel, 17 Mar. 2023 But Joel learns at the last moment that the operation to extract a possible cure from her will kill her. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2023 Game action: Sean Manaea allowed two runs in his third start of the spring, but those came with two out and included a double that fell in when Blake Sabol, in left, was blinded by the sun at the last moment. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Mar. 2023 Prison staff could be heard trying in vain to connect a call from then-Gov. L. Douglas Wilder — who had the authority to cancel an execution at the last moment. CBS News, 7 Mar. 2023

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“The last moment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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