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the eleventh hour

The last possible moment or opportunity. Can be hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. I was shocked that they reached an agreement at the eleventh hour after weeks of squabbling. I was shocked that they reached an eleventh-hour decision after weeks of squabbling.
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eleventh hour

The latest possible time, as in We turned in our report at the eleventh hour. This term is thought to allude to the parable of the laborers (Matthew 20:1-16), in which those workers hired at the eleventh hour of a twelve-hour working day were paid the same amount as those who began in the first hour. [Early 1800s]
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the eˌleventh ˈhour

the moment when it is almost, but not quite, too late to do something, avoid something, etc: Our pianist had fallen ill, and then, at the eleventh hour, when we thought we’d have to cancel the performance, Jill offered to replace him. ▶ eˌleventh-ˈhour adj.: an eleventh-hour decision
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"The Scottish Government has waited until the 11th hour" to deliver on its election promise and it now has the insurmountable task of delivering high-speed broadband to every home in Scotland within two years," he said.
'It is a diplomatic debacle on India's part that despite formal agreements the talks, scheduled to be held in New York, have been cancelled at the 11th hour', he said.
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According to the US Embassy, Veterans Day is celebrated annually in the US on November 11, the day that major hostilities of World War I formally ended with the signing of the Armistice at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
LEEDS coach Brian McDermott will give second rower Stevie Ward until the 11th hour to prove his fitness for the Rhinos' Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semifinal against St Helens on Friday.
Past experience shows that there is generally a solution found, albeit at the 11th hour. My money would be on that happening in this situation.'
It's easy enough for all of us to fall silent at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
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But at the 11th hour, they decided to plead guilty after a judge indicated they would receive lesser sentences for admitting the plot.
ENGLAND were this morning hoping their 2018 World Cup bid had not been derailed at the 11th hour by the violence which erupted at the end of Birmingham's Carling Cup win over Aston Villa last night.
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Six-time world champion Steve Davis has withdrawn from the Bahrain Snooker Championship at the 11th hour citing medical reasons for his no show in the Middle East.