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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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