at the last minute

at the last minute

Fig. at the last possible chance; in the last few minutes, hours, or days. (Often an exaggeration.) Please don't make reservations at the last minute. Why do you ask all your questions at the last minute?
See also: last, minute

at the last minute

At the latest possible moment or opportunity. For example, Jim couldn't get a reservation because he had called at the last minute. Also see at the latest; eleventh hour.
See also: last, minute
References in classic literature ?
take this gentleman's luggage -- Dover line twelve o'clock train -- that's it," and without waiting for another word Jerry wheeled me round to make room for other cabs that were dashing up at the last minute, and drew up on one side till the crush was past.
It was hard getting into my dress alone, and I hadn't time to eat but a mouthful, and just at the last minute, when I honestly--HONESTLY --would have thought about clearing away and locking up, I looked at the clock and knew I could hardly get back to school in time to form in the line; and I thought how dreadful it would be to go in late and get my first black mark on a Friday afternoon, with the minister's wife and the doctor's wife and the school committee all there
Kala Nag had no tusks; the chain was the badge of his authority; but for all that, he swung wide of Moti Guj at the last minute, and tried to appear as if he had brought the chain out for amusement.
And at the last minute she left a message for him, to be transmitted by Tarzan of the Apes.
At the last minute, when the social machine was clogged hopelessly, one member or other of the family poured in a drop of oil.
At the last minute I saw the great blades move to reverse her, yet on she came as though drawn by some mighty, irresistible power.
But by some mistake, or accident, it was discovered at the last minute that there was no milk.
It was then that Bagheera lifted up his dripping chin, and in despair gave the Snake's Call for protection--"We be of one blood, ye and I"-- for he believed that Kaa had turned tail at the last minute.
Time and again she has wanted to leave you; and you always got round her at the last minute.
Soumya Banerjee, CEO, Attano, captured the company's intention concisely: "We know that when it comes to final exams, the pressure is on and students want to revise at the last minute.
NOTE: Consumers who indicated they'd ever booked a last minute room on New Year's Eve were not required to choose a single reason for booking a New Year's Eve hotel room at the last minute via mobile.
This issue brings to mind the title of American writer Grace Paley's brilliant short story collection, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute.
com(R), the one-stop superstore for travel at the last minute, today announced that the company has achieved profitability in March 2003.
For example, if you're not happy with a printing, you can cancel the mailing at the last minute, taking the money out that you had for the aborted mailing.
About half of those surveyed by Visa Debit cards said searching for the right presents at the last minute will increase the pressure they already feel at Christmas.