too little, too late


: not enough and not soon enough to make a difference
Her efforts to improve her grade were too little, too late.

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Recent Examples on the Web Putin’s preening is clearly fed by the belief that the new aid is too little, too late, and that a Trump victory in November will mean an end to further U.S. support for Kyiv. Trudy Rubin, Twin Cities, 15 May 2024 The homer was Flores’ first of the season and the 150th of his career but proved to be too little, too late. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 4 May 2024 But those efforts now seem likely to be too little, too late. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2024 The late flurry turned out to be too little, too late for Indiana, but head coach Rick Carlisle was pleased with his squad’s effort. Sam Joseph, CNN, 25 Mar. 2024 Against the weight of these troubles, Beijing’s response to date can only be described as too little, too late. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Sixty days of waiting for the construction of a pier — to respond to imminent famine — could mean too little, too late. Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 While officials promise the new aid will be offered to as many survivors as legally possible, some worry that the money is too little, too late. Luis Melecio-Zambrano, The Mercury News, 10 Mar. 2024 But one half of net carbon emission by 2050 is far too little, too late. Sheila Thorne, The Mercury News, 23 Feb. 2024

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“Too little, too late.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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