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inopportune moment

An unfortunate or inconvenient moment in time. I'm afraid you've caught me at an inopportune moment, as I'm just about to leave for the airport.
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With Barnes & Noble shifting its focus to e-books and Borders on the brink of a bankruptcy filing, it would seem an inopportune moment for the comeback of the independent bookstore in New York City.
A Silent Shelf[TM] prevents your arrow from contacting the riser, thus eliminating noise at the most inopportune times.
Kobayashi narrowly missed out on reaching the final round of qualifying yesterday after hitting traffic at an inopportune moment, but Hockenheim is one of the best circuits on the calendar for overtaking.
Forget them, cast them out of your bestiary, disinfect them, strip away their inopportune melancholy.
Ransacking both the recent past and the haunted present, Elliott has selected works with maximum iconic presence and acute historical resonance: Cai Guo-Qiang's Inopportune: Stage One, 2004, involves a sequence of exploding cars in the island's old Turbine Hall; Aussie-born Brook Andrew's Jumping Castle War Memorial, 2010, recasts the inflatable carnival staple as Aboriginal redoubt, requiring all who request access to mentally register the significance of entering before doing so.
April 18, 2010 (KHARTOUM) -- The South African government this week expressed dissatisfaction with what it described as a rush on the part of Sudan to hold elections at an "inopportune" time.
" There was a power failure at an inopportune time and the match had to start at the stipulated time.
The thin crust here does an admirable job of supporting generous portions of cheese and toppings without folding and spilling the goodies at an inopportune moment.
We should always treat propellers as "live" and only touch them with knowledge the engine could start at an inopportune time.
From the lunge of a hyena warding off the carrion bird that would compete for its kill, to a Nile monitor on the prowl, to dwarf mongooses populating a termite mound den to a close-up of the crowned crane and much more, Endangered Liaisons is a wondrous glimpse of nature's creatures, sometimes even at their more inopportune moments - like a zebra rolling the dust, and even copulating elephants!
Because roof damage and leaks tend to happen at inopportune times, it's worthwhile for a homeowner to be prepared.
Or finding out how they fix that irksome tractor that refuses to cooperate at the most inopportune time, to why your green peppers didn't blossom like they should have last summer.
In other words, even if a covenant is a good idea, it may be an inopportune time to draft one.
Inopportune obviously has a direct reference to these conditions that we live in now.
Indecency, the minority stated, concerns sexual behaviour or the representation of sexual behaviour that is neither obscene nor immoral, but inopportune or inappropriate according to Canadian standards of tolerance because of the context in which it takes place.