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too little, too late

Not enough and arriving too late to resolve or save a situation. The government finally started sending trucks with supplies to the city, but it was too little, too late for the thousands of families affected by the storm. We tried to reinvigorate the company's earnings by branching into electronic publishing, but it was too little, too late, and we ended up going out of business a few months later.
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too little, too late

Prov. Not enough help to save the situation, and arriving too late. After a lifetime of bad diet and no exercise, Lorna tried to save her health by improving her habits, but it was too little, too late. Fred: I know how to keep my business from going bankrupt. I'll invest all my savings in it. Bill: I'm sorry, Fred; even that much would be too little, too late.
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too little, too late

Inadequate as a remedy and not in time to be effective, as in The effort to divert the stream into a corn field was too little too late-the houses were already flooded . This term originated in the military, where it was applied to reinforcements that were insufficient and arrived too late to be of help. [First half of 1900s]
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AT last Kilkenny appear to be finding something like their form of old but is it too little too late in the quest for a third league success in a row?
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Mr William Hague put further pressure on cross-party agreement over the conflict in Serbia last night, by accusing the Government of doing too little too late to help the Kosovan refugees.