at the buzzer

at the buzzer

1. In sports or similar competitions, literally immediately before a buzzer sounds to signal the end of a period, quarter, game, etc. Typically said of a score that occurs at this moment. It's so disappointing that the other team beat us by scoring a goal right at the buzzer. Whew, I said the right answer right at the buzzer.
2. By extension, at the last possible moment. Today's issue went to print right at the buzzer. Any more time and it would have been late.
See also: buzzer

at the ˈbuzzer

(American English) at the end of a game or period of play: He missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.The Eagles won at the buzzer 66-64.
A buzzer is an electrical device that makes a sound as a signal, for example to show that no time is left in a game.
See also: buzzer
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Jenkins was about to take a shot but he changed his mind in the air and kicked it back out to Rodney Hillaire, who missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
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