Definition of 'last-minute'

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Example sentences containing 'last-minute'

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They wait until the last minute; they get up at the crack of dawn, as the minicab is waiting outside to go to the airport. The Sun (2016)By the last minute he probably wished he had been. The Sun (2011) Waiting until the last minute is not the right time. The Sun (2012)At the last minute one of the actors became ill. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The smart guys are waiting to the last minute when the touts have to lower their prices. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The other option is to wait until the last minute and follow the snow. Times, Sunday Times (2008)That was why he had waited until the last minute to step in. Times, Sunday Times (2007)So why did you wait until the last minute to tell me about it? Times, Sunday Times (2008)But no writer can produce consistently good work by waiting until the last minute to begin. Marius, Richard A Short Guide to Writing About History (1995)Many holidaymakers are now waiting until the last minute to book to avoid the possibility of unexpected extras. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Any man who wants to do justice does not wait till the last minute to hear both sides of the question. George Eliot Middlemarch (1872)Though last minute, those actions were life giving. Christianity Today (2000)They're waiting until the last minute to book and cruise lines are panicking and lowering prices. The Sun (2012)England will wait until the last minute to name their line-up. The Sun (2015)Don't wait till the last minute to get it in place. Kiam, Victor Going For It!: How to Succeed As an Entrepreneur (1986)The days of renewing your passport at the last minute in time for a holiday may be numbered, the government has warned. Times, Sunday Times (2006)In the last minute of stoppage time they lost a game that had seemed beyond their grasp in the first half but within it in the second. Times, Sunday Times (2015)I felt privileged to be there to witness the very last minutes of one of the longest managerial careers in modern football. Duncan Hamilton Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough (2007)I kicked the winning goal, in the last minute of extra time. Times, Sunday Times (2015)I've moved too many times in the last minute of the window to know otherwise. Times, Sunday Times (2016)As to the third question, both filing and service of documents occurred towards the last minute where time for filing and service was short. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Two of them planned a holiday in Egypt but at the last minute one couldn't go. The Sun (2010)Like a ghastly horror film, their loved one 's last minutes are replayed inside their heads. Pearson, Althea Growing Through Loss and Grief (1994)His goalbound header was handled on the line in the last minutes of extra time against Uruguay on Friday. Times, Sunday Times (2010)A hospital trust went to the High Court in an attempt to make her change her mind but dropped the action at the last minute. Times, Sunday Times (2008)That is what happens with last-minute goals. The Sun (2016)They are better equipped to deal with last-minute changes. Times, Sunday Times (2006)But there have also been a lot of last-minute changes to their wedding arrangements. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But can a flurry of snow and a last-minute romantic gesture change that? The Sun (2015)These early booking discounts have replaced the last-minute deals many of us relied on in previous years. The Sun (2006)And a flurry of last-minute deals on deadline day raised expectations. The Sun (2012)But his last-minute equaliser showed he can still be just as effective as any of his young pretenders in the air. The Sun (2015)Then we won a last-minute penalty for once, instead of giving one away. The Sun (2010)Or scan the forecasts and snow reports, then snap up a last-minute deal. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He began it with a stunning last-minute winner over City. The Sun (2007)Brighton had been better throughout and there was a sense of justice about the last-minute equaliser from Dunk. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It was a long trip and a horrible journey home, as we lost to a last-minute goal. The Sun (2009)An example of this is an inability to deal with a last-minute change of plan, such as a meeting. Times, Sunday Times (2007)But it was a last-minute penalty after Racing had gone the length of the field for a try that they thought had won it. Times, Sunday Times (2016)If you think that the last-minute deal to avoid going over what came to be called the fiscal cliff solves anything, think again. Times, Sunday Times (2013)A last-minute change, he explains. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But you need to that against the fact that are likely to go up next year certainly there won't be such a of last-minute deals available. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The country could face a catastrophic sovereign debt default at the end of the month unless a last-minute deal is struck with US bondholders. Times, Sunday Times (2014)

Synonyms of 'last-minute'

late, final, frantic, last-ditch

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