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fashionably late

Arriving after the arranged time to a meeting or event that does not require strict punctuality, especially so as to give the appearance of nonchalance or having been preoccupied by other social engagements. A: "John's party is starting in 20 minutes, so we'd better get moving soon!" B: "No one will even be there by then. Haven't you ever heard of being fashionably late?" Mary doesn't like to appear overeager when she goes to parties, so she always makes a point of being fashionably late.
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late model

Especially regarding an automobile, of a relatively recent design or model. After I got my promotion, I decided to trade in my clunky old Volkswagen for a snazzy, late model sedan.
See also: late, model

a day late and a dollar short

Too late to be of any benefit. Jake tried to repair his relationship with his girlfriend after forgetting her birthday, but she viewed his efforts as a day late and a dollar short.
See also: and, dollar, late, short

It is never too late

It is never impossible (to do something), regardless of how old one is. The phrase is typically used to encourage someone to try to accomplish something, especially late in life or long after it is usually accomplished by others. My grandmother got her master's degree at age 85, proving that it is never too late to accomplish your goals. You can still achieve the life you want. It is never too late.
See also: late, never

better late than never

The delayed occurrence or achievement of something that one desires is better than it not happening at all. This set phrase is often used to acknowledge (perhaps begrudgingly) that something has finally occurred. After two weeks, I finally got a return phone call from that company. Better late than never, I guess. I'm sorry my gift came late, but better late than never, right?
See also: better, late, never

of late

In recent times; lately. He's been coming in to work smelling like alcohol of late. He seems rather unhappy of late. I hope nothing is wrong.
See also: late, of

late in the day

Having progressed too far to accommodate changes now. I know that font looks hideous, but with 300 copies already printed, it's too late in the day to do anything about it.
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too little, too late

Being not enough and arriving too late to resolve or save a situation. The government finally started sending trucks with supplies to the city, but it was too little, too late for the thousands of families decimated by the storm. We tried to reinvigorate the company's earnings by branching into ebook publishing, but it was too little, too late, and we ended up going out of business a few months later.
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have an early night

To go to sleep earlier than one typically does. You need to have an early night tonight so that you're well-rested for your exam tomorrow.
See also: early, have, night

have a late night

To go to sleep later than one typically does. She must have had a late night last night considering how she yawned all through that meeting.
See also: have, late, night

late of (some place)

Working at or living in some place until only recently. Jeremy Smith, late of SuperTech Inc., will be joining us as the new head of marketing.
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the late unpleasantness

1. Any recent war, but used especially in reference to the American Civil War. The statue serves as a reminder of the late unpleasantness and the devastating effects it had on the community 150 years ago.
2. By extension, any recent controversial or divisive event or period. The book goes over the late unpleasantness of the last election, and the ructions it has caused across the country.
See also: late, unpleasantness

Better late than never.

Prov. Cliché Doing something late is better than not doing it. I'm sorry I'm late to the party. Better late than never, right? Jill: Lisa's birthday was two weeks ago. Should I send her a card now? Jane: Better late than never.
See also: better, late, never

day late and a dollar short

late and ill-prepared. Tommy, you seem to show up a day late and a dollar short all the time. You need to get organized.
See also: and, dollar, late, short

It is never too late to learn.

 and You are never too old to learn.
Prov. You can always learn something new. Alan: Help me make the salad dressing. Jane: But I don't know anything about making salad dressing. Alan: You are never too old to learn. Grandma decided to take a course in using computers. "It's never too late to learn," she said.
See also: late, learn, never

It is never too late to mend.

Prov. It is never too late to apologize for something you have done or try to repair something you have done wrong. Sue: I still miss Tony, but it's been a year since our big fight and we haven't spoken to each other since. Mother: Well, it's never too late to mend; why don't you call him up and apologize?
See also: late, mend, never

keep late hours

to stay up or stay out until very late at night. I'm always tired because I keep late hours. If I didn't keep late hours, I wouldn't sleep so late in the morning.
See also: hour, keep, late

late bloomer

 
1. Lit. a plant that blooms later than similar plants or that blooms late in the season. There are a few late bloomers in the garden, but by fall, we don't care much anymore about flowers.
2. Fig. a person who finally develops a useful or superior skill or talents later than expected or desired. Joseph was a late bloomer, but turned out to be a formidable scholar in the long run.
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late in life

Fig. when one is old. Grandma injured her hip running. She's exercising rather late in life. Isn't it sort of late in life for your grandparents to buy a house?
See also: late, life

late in the day

Fig. far along in a project or activity; too late in a project or activity for action, decisions, etc., to be taken. It was a bit late in the day for him to apologize. It's late in the day to try to change the plans.
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late unpleasantness

Euph. the U.S. Civil War. (Old.) The town courthouse was burned in the late unpleasantness. Many of my ancestors lost their lives in the late unpleasantness.
See also: late, unpleasantness

of late

lately. Have you seen Sally of late? We haven't had an opportunity to eat out of late.
See also: late, of

stay up late

to remain awake and out of bed later than usual. I am in the practice of staying up late. I can't stay up late three nights in a row.
See also: late, stay, up

too little, too late

Prov. Not enough help to save the situation, and arriving too late. After a lifetime of bad diet and no exercise, Lorna tried to save her health by improving her habits, but it was too little, too late. Fred: I know how to keep my business from going bankrupt. I'll invest all my savings in it. Bill: I'm sorry, Fred; even that much would be too little, too late.
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better late than never

Being tardy is better than not at all, as in We've been waiting for you for an hour-but better late than never. This phrase, first recorded about 1200, appears in several early English proverb collections, often with the added but better never late. Today it is often used in exasperation over a delay, as in the example.
See also: better, late, never

keep late hours

Stay awake until late at night. For example, Never call Ethel before noon; she keeps late hours and sleeps all morning.
See also: hour, keep, late

late in life

In old age. For example, Isn't it rather late in life for your grandmother to go trekking in Nepal?
See also: late, life

late in the day

Far advanced; also, too far advanced. For example, It's late in the day to change the kitchen layout, since we've already ordered the cabinets , or It's a bit late in the day for apologizing. [Late 1700s]
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of late

Recently, lately, as in She's been very quiet of late; is something wrong? This idiom uses late as a noun instead of an adjective, a usage dating from about 1250. The idiom dates from the early 1400s.
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too little, too late

Inadequate as a remedy and not in time to be effective, as in The effort to divert the stream into a corn field was too little too late-the houses were already flooded . This term originated in the military, where it was applied to reinforcements that were insufficient and arrived too late to be of help. [First half of 1900s]
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better late than never

People say better late than never to mean that it is better for something to happen later than planned or wanted than not to happen at all. I didn't fall in love until I was 50, but better late than never! Perhaps I should have started the project years ago, I said to myself, but maybe it is better late than never. Note: This expression is often used to show that you think that something should have been done sooner.
See also: better, late, never

late in the day

COMMON If someone has done something late in the day, they have done it at the last moment or in the final stages of a situation. It was, she screamed, too late in the day for him to start behaving like a loving husband. It is good news that the department is now drawing up a strategy for the aerospace industry. It is just a shame such a move has come so late in the day. Note: This expression is often used to criticize people for waiting too long before taking action.
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better late than never

it's preferable for something to happen or be done belatedly than not at all.
See also: better, late, never

keep late (or regular) hours

do the same thing, typically getting up and going to bed, late (or at the same time) every day.
See also: hour, keep, late

late in the day

at a late stage in proceedings, especially too late to be useful.
A North American variant of this expression is late in the game .
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the late unpleasantness

the war that took place recently.
This phrase was originally used of the American Civil War ( 1861–5 ).
See also: late, unpleasantness

ˌbetter ˌlate than ˈnever

(saying) it is better to arrive, do something, etc. late than not to arrive, do something, etc. at all: You were supposed to be here an hour ago, still better late than never, I suppose!
See also: better, late, never

ˌlate in the ˈday

(disapproving) (do something) later than you should: It’s a bit late in the day to tell me you can’t come. I’ve already bought the tickets.
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late of...

(formal) until recently working or living in the place mentioned: Professor Jones, late of York University
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of ˈlate

(formal) recently: He has been feeling rather unwell of late. He ought to see the doctor.
See also: late, of

have an early/a late ˈnight

go to bed earlier or later than usual: I’d better have an early night if I want to get up at 6 o’clock.I’ve had a lot of late nights recently.
See also: early, have, late, night

Later

and Late and Laters
interj. Good-bye. It’s time to cruise. Later. CU. Laters.

Late

verb
See Later

of late

Recently; lately: was feeling better of late.
See also: late, of
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