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eleventh hour

The latest possible time, as in We turned in our report at the eleventh hour. This term is thought to allude to the parable of the laborers (Matthew 20:1-16), in which those workers hired at the eleventh hour of a twelve-hour working day were paid the same amount as those who began in the first hour. [Early 1800s]
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So we have a history - people are already starting to talk," jokes Patrick, as he and the Comedy Award-winning Extras star team up for gritty new ITV1 thriller series Eleventh Hour.
Now this eleventh hour announcement has put paid to our hosts," he told M AIL T ODAY .
But a spokesman for EPDL said: "The partners behind the Europa Plaza scheme were astonished by the eleventh hour decision of Wirral Borough Council to withdraw its support for a project that has guaranteed funding and which, in the depths of a recession, would create jobs and much-needed physical regeneration in Birkenhead town centre.
This Picasso masterpiece being sold by Andrew Lloyd Webber was withdrawn from a major auction in New York because of an eleventh hour dispute over its ownership, Christie's announced last night.
The real estate industry heaved a sigh of relief this week as President Bush granted an eleventh hour reprieve to property owners by signing legislation to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act for a further two years.
Stewart, who is chancellor of Huddersfield University, is in the region filming Eleventh Hour for Granada TV.
Yorkshire-born Stewart, 64, will return to British television for the first time in 20 years as a scientist who stops disasters in the four-part sci-fi thriller Eleventh Hour.
A work stoppage by writers and actors had barely been averted at the eleventh hour four years ago.
And, according to those surveyed, the majority of these eleventh hour shoppers are likely to be men.
Agents acting for the landowner asked Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council's planning committee to defer the application at the eleventh hour because they wanted to give it more consideration.
The families are seeking talks with Irish Education Minister Michael Woods to make an eleventh hour plea for the school.
Congress is attaching anti-environmental riders to spending bills at the eleventh hour, and those riders are directly connected to campaign contributions from industry.
But these days, it's not just celebrities such as Madonna who are waiting until the eleventh hour to have children.
The Eleventh Hour will be screened on BBC One on Saturday, April 3.
It was hoped the talks would defuse tensions which arose after it was claimed by GMB union leaders that Enterprise Liverpool had reneged upon an agreement to consolidate bonuses into pay - an agreement which averted strikes at the eleventh hour last month.