none too soon

none too soon

Just in time; not a moment too soon. You got here none too soon—a moment later, and we would have missed the flight!
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none too ˈsoon


1 almost too late: They were rescued none too soon; they’d already finished all the food and only had water for another day.
2 used for saying that somebody should have done something a long time ago: ‘I’ve mended the lamp in the children’s room.’ ‘None too soon. It’s been broken for weeks.’
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She was none too soon, for the foremost Wheeler reached the hill a moment after her; but while the girl scrambled up the rocks the creature stopped short with howls of rage and disappointment.
I dropped upon the thwart again, none too soon, for I was near overboard.
"None too soon," he observed, with a critical glance up at the towering side of the warehouse.
It was none too soon for me to look to my own part; for my head was scarce back at the window, before five men, carrying a spare yard for a battering-ram, ran past me and took post to drive the door in.
She was saved, and none too soon. She could not have lived through another night upon the Channel; she might not have lived through the coming day.
None too soon, Peter, every inch of him on tiptoe, vanished into the cabin; for more than one pirate was screwing up his courage to look round.
Swift as I was I was none too soon, for the green warrior had been overtaken ere he had made half the distance to the forest, and now he stood with his back to a boulder, while the herd, temporarily balked, hissed and screeched about him.
He seized Becky's hand and hurried her into the first corridor that offered; and none too soon, for a bat struck Becky's light out with its wing while she was passing out of the cavern.
CHORUS Cease, princes; lo there comes, and none too soon, Jocasta from the palace.
Well, dear, if I were you, I'd let John have more to do with the management of Demi, for the boy needs training, and it's none too soon to begin.
I was none too soon; for the boat-builder, with a lantern in his hand, was locking the yard-gate.
We had to clear out--and none too soon. But this time I've a chum waiting for me in London, and besides .
And it can come none too soon. Wait much longer and there will be little left to resurrect.
The chief justice's warning to the National Accountability Bureau against violating a suspect's dignity of person has come none too soon. Indeed, the rebuke should be addressed to all sections of state and society because abuse of the dignity of person is endemic in Pakistan.
Analysts believe their final decisions may come none too soon. Many ruling-party leaders wonder in public what really are up in their sleeves.