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at the last minute

At the last possible instant or opportunity. I know they've been squabbling for weeks, but I think they'll reach an agreement at the last minute. Yeah, Stu made some vacation plans at the last minute, so he is going to be out of the office next week.
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at the last minute

Fig. at the last possible chance; in the last few minutes, hours, or days. (Often an exaggeration.) Please don't make reservations at the last minute. Why do you ask all your questions at the last minute?
See also: last, minute
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

at the last minute

At the latest possible moment or opportunity. For example, Jim couldn't get a reservation because he had called at the last minute. Also see at the latest; eleventh hour.
See also: last, minute
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.

at the last ˈminute/ˈmoment

as late as possible; almost too late: Why do you always have to arrive at the last moment? ▶ ˌlast-ˈminute adj.: last-minute changes of plan, decisions, preparations, etc.
See also: last, minute, moment
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The Birds that passed his perch said: "Come with us"; but he said: "I am a Beast." Later on, some Beasts who were passing underneath him looked up and said: "Come with us"; but he said: "I am a Bird." Luckily at the last moment peace was made, and no battle took place, so the Bat came to the Birds and wished to join in the rejoicings, but they all turned against him and he had to fly away.
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To Tarzan's memory came a similar scene, when he had rescued D'Arnot from a like predicament at the last moment before the final spear-thrust should have ended his sufferings.
"It is decided, then, that, at the last moment, you will come to my assistance."
You are not yet sufficiently reduced, and at the last moment we will see what is to be done."
Here is that child Amy, in her ugly old shabby dress, which she was so obstinate about, Pa, which I over and over again begged and prayed her to change, and which she over and over again objected to, and promised to change to-day, saying she wished to wear it as long as ever she remained in there with you--which was absolutely romantic nonsense of the lowest kind--here is that child Amy disgracing us to the last moment and at the last moment, by being carried out in that dress after all.
I was disappointed in the last game to do all the work through preseason and to miss out at the last moment but I was grateful to get my chance here and I was pretty pleased how it worked out.
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Sardar Yousuf said that Pakistan has always facilitated Indian religious visitors and visas were provided on time but the Indian government usually refused visa at the last moment to Pakistani visitors.
But we've deferred launch of Nano at the last moment as we're seeking a re-look at the price, which some say is too high."
Pulling out of this concert at the last moment is being considered as the last indication the band members have given to their fans about their split.
Oli Hopwood, who was drafted in at the last moment, score a hat trick and there were goals for Owen Cusworth, James Moore and Lewis Richardson.