at short notice

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at short notice

Without much warning or time to prepare. Who do you think will be free to watch the dog at such short notice?
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at short (or a moment's) notice

with little warning or time for preparation.
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at (very) short ˈnotice

(also at a moment’s ˈnotice) with very little warning; without much time to prepare: In this job you have to be able to work weekends at short notice.
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Cardiff's libraries are being shut at short notice because of a lack of staff, it has been revealed.