at the eleventh hour


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at the eleventh hour

Fig. at the last possible moment. (Just before the last clock hour, 12) She always turned her term papers in at the eleventh hour. We don't worry about death until the eleventh hour.
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at the eleventh hour

almost too late Negotiators reached agreement at the eleventh hour, just in time to avoid a strike.
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