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.
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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.
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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