on short notice

on short notice

Without much warning or time to prepare. Who do you think will be free to watch the dog on such short notice? When you're on call, you need to be available to come in on short notice.
See also: notice, on, short
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

on short notice

quickly and without a timely notification of other people; with very little lead time. She called the meeting on such short notice that we had no time to prepare.
See also: notice, on, short
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

short notice, on

Also, at short notice. With little advance warning or time to prepare, as in They told us to be ready to move out on short notice. The noun notice here is used in the sense of "information" or "intelligence." [Late 1700s]
See also: on, short
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.
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