late in the day


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late in the day

Having progressed too far to accommodate changes now. I know that font looks hideous, but with 300 copies already printed, it's too late in the day to do anything about it.
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late in the day

Fig. far along in a project or activity; too late in a project or activity for action, decisions, etc., to be taken. It was a bit late in the day for him to apologize. It's late in the day to try to change the plans.
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late in the day

Far advanced; also, too far advanced. For example, It's late in the day to change the kitchen layout, since we've already ordered the cabinets , or It's a bit late in the day for apologizing. [Late 1700s]
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late in the day

COMMON If someone has done something late in the day, they have done it at the last moment or in the final stages of a situation. It was, she screamed, too late in the day for him to start behaving like a loving husband. It is good news that the department is now drawing up a strategy for the aerospace industry. It is just a shame such a move has come so late in the day. Note: This expression is often used to criticize people for waiting too long before taking action.
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late in the day

at a late stage in proceedings, especially too late to be useful.
A North American variant of this expression is late in the game .
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ˌlate in the ˈday

(disapproving) (do something) later than you should: It’s a bit late in the day to tell me you can’t come. I’ve already bought the tickets.
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