not a moment too soon


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not a moment too soon

At the last possible moment before it is too late; just in the nick of time. The police arrived not a moment too soon, and the would-be burglar was apprehended before anything could be stolen. A: "The surgeon has just arrived." B: "And not a moment too soon! This patient needs an operation immediately!"
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References in classic literature ?
Then, scrambling up, I got, not a moment too soon, to a place of safety, and fainted away.
They were not a moment too soon, for as the men broke into the room which they had just quitted a dozen more rounded the corner in the street below and came running to a spot beneath the girl's window.