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last minute

[min-it] /ˈmɪn ɪt/
noun
1.
the time just preceding a deadline or when some decisive action must be taken.
Origin of last minute
1915-1920
First recorded in 1915-20
Related forms
last-minute, adjective
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  • "I didn't know myself till the last minute," answered Vavasor.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Now that everything had been done, that the last minute of suspense was on, she was depressed.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • My last minute was not inscribed, though, for that day in the book of destiny.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • She was waiting, to the very last minute, for her "Uncle Cyrus."

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She ain't caught more than two breaths in the last minute and a half.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln

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