the last minute


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the last minute

the last possible opportunity for doing something He always waits until the last minute to shop for presents.
Usage notes: used with until or till, as in the example, or with at: At the last minute, we found our tickets.
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.
She never starts to get ready for luncheon till the last minute.
I know it's disgraceful, but I go to sleep at the opera, and I sit out the opera bouffe to the last minute, and enjoy it.
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.
I WASN'T flirting with him -- I honestly thought I cared up to the last minute -- and then -- well, I just knew I NEVER could marry him.
And at the last minute she left a message for him, to be transmitted by Tarzan of the Apes.
The patient goes on hoping till the last minute and says he is all right.
You've been holding it sideways for the last minute, and letting all the champagne run out
marched to the last minute in accordance with his gravitation.
At the last minute there was some delay while we sought a name for her.
The secretary, however, more devoted to the good things of this world, or more intent on sustaining his strength and spirits for the sake of the Protestant cause, ate and drank to the last minute, and required indeed some three or four reminders from John Grueby, before he could resolve to tear himself away from Mr Willet's plentiful providing.
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.
Then tea must be got, errands done, and one or two necessary bits of sewing neglected until the last minute.