last minute



the time just preceding a deadline or when some decisive action must be taken.

Origin of last minute

First recorded in 1915–20
Related formslast-min·ute, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for last-minute

Contemporary Examples of last-minute

Historical Examples of last-minute

  • The confusion of last-minute preparations to receive them was at its height.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl

  • If not claimed then, it would be filled from the last-minute waiting list.


    James H Schmitz

  • Kennon loaded the jeep with the last-minute items he would need.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • That, too, had been a last-minute addition, an experiment which had only had partial testing.

    The Defiant Agents

    Andre Alice Norton

  • It was a last-minute hunch with him--to settle the matter peaceably.

    The Alaskan

    James Oliver Curwood

British Dictionary definitions for last-minute



(modifier) given or done at the latest possible timelast-minute preparations
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