at a moment's notice


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at a moment's notice

With little time to prepare; immediately and at any time. Firefighters need to be able to spring into action at a moment's notice. I can't give a speech at a moment's notice!
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at a moment's notice

 and on a moment's notice
with very little advance notice; with just a little bit of warning. They are always asking us to produce reports at a moment's notice.
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at a moment's notice

almost immediately Everyone was packed and ready to leave at a moment's notice.
Related vocabulary: at the drop of a hat
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References in classic literature ?
I cannot guarantee that it may not call me away again at a moment's notice.
The historians on our side tell us that the armies of the allied powers were all providentially on a war-footing, and ready to bear down at a moment's notice upon the Elban Emperor.
All understood the art of speaking fair when a point was to be gained, and could with consummate skill and at a moment's notice turn the cold shoulder the instant civility ceased to be profitable.
The porters lay beside their loads, ready to swing them aloft at a moment's notice.
You are not my father, but some god is flattering me with vain hopes that I may grieve the more hereafter; no mortal man could of himself contrive to do as you have been doing, and make yourself old and young at a moment's notice, unless a god were with him.
There was a tone of sarcasm in that allusion to the parasol, which might develop into a tone of jealousy at a moment's notice.
Spyers no sooner heard this, than he put some clean linen and a comb, in his pocket, in case he should have to stop a day or two; and away he goes, and sets himself down at one of the public-house windows behind the little red curtain, with his hat on, all ready to bolt out, at a moment's notice.
Carlotta had never forgiven Christine for the triumph which she had achieved when taking her place at a moment's notice.