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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

beat the buzzer

sports To make a successful shot immediately before a buzzer sounds to signal the end of a period, quarter, game, etc. Thompson managed to beat the buzzer with a shot from the three-point line, securing an incredible 81–79 victory for his team.
See also: beat, buzzer

buzzer beater

sports A successful shot taken immediately before a buzzer sounds to signal the end of a period, quarter, game, etc. Thompson won the game with an incredible buzzer beater from the three-point line.
See also: beater, buzzer

moll buzzer

A thief, often a pickpocket, who targets women. My mother had her purse stolen by a moll buzzer today!
See also: buzzer, moll
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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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