eleventh-hour decision

eleventh-hour decision

Fig. a decision made very late in a process, or at the last possible moment. Eleventh-hour decisions are seldom satisfactory. The president's eleventh-hour decision was made in a great hurry, but it turned out to be correct.
See also: decision
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The UK Government announced additional money months ago to allow the English NHS to plan for winter pressures, in contrast to this eleventh-hour decision by Labour at the height of winter.
And the Saudis were bitterly disappointed by Obama's eleventh-hour decision last year to back down from military action against Syria over chemical weapons attacks.
Writing in Hretz Bradley Burston, its senior editor, stated, "In his eleventh-hour decision against attending the funeral of Nelson Mandela, Benjamin Netanyahu proved that he is not the smug, petty, vindictive, waffling, in-your-face insulting man he seems.
Certainly seems like a strange description to describe an essentially eleventh-hour decision to hop aboard a train that was just about to leave the station, with some 70 senators aboard.
The eleventh-hour decision to put off the signing came after the ruling Saenuri Party asked the government to allow the parliament to review the accord, citing negative public opinion and procedural controversies.
The board's decision regarding Lariviere's contract has the feel of a petulant, eleventh-hour decision of a lame duck executive board.
The eleventh-hour decision meant that, on Saturday, Stephanie could finally marry her childhood sweetheart Gavin Derrick at the same church in which her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother all tied the knot.
The Chancellor's eleventh-hour decision to cut the planned 5% increase in business rates to 2% added to the cheer, coming as a welcome reprieve for beleaguered retail firms.
Sutcliffe was pitched into a levy determination within five months of taking up his most recent political appointment, and last October only an eleventh-hour decision on fixture issues by the BHA's Levy Board representatives prevented a second successive referral to the minister.
Barclay's made an eleventh-hour decision to pull the plug on a deal that would have seen Gigi's reverse into Park Cafe, a chain of 27 upmarket restaurant bars.
Boothroyd made an eleventh-hour decision on King and revealed he had a dream of the frontman making a fairytale intervention.
Apart from anything else, it is the only thing that satisfactorily explains the eleventh-hour decision by Nick Brown, the Chancellor's closest lieutenant, to abandon the rebellion he helped lead.
But after making an eleventh-hour decision to stage the event on Saturday, they were overwhelmed by the response.
It was only an eleventh-hour decision to run Czar Wars, who was partnered by his trainer John Balding's son-in-law Jason Edmunds, but he handled the ground all right to beat Currency by three quarters of a length.
In a dramatic eleventh-hour decision, bosses of the commercial network decided the big party for the nation's favourite grandmother will be screened after all.