one minute to midnight


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one minute to midnight

(At) the final moment before something happens or occurs. Tensions had been rising between the country, with many assuming war was imminent, until a treaty was struck at one minute to midnight. Analysts are predicting that it is now one minute to midnight before another economic disaster.
See also: midnight, minute, one

one minute to midnight

the last moment or opportunity. informal
1998 New Scientist It's one minute to midnight for the discredited WHO.
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Most of the book covers what Dobbs considers to be the two most dangerous days, when, he says, the world came within one minute to midnight on the Doomsday Clock.
But as the pages fill with memorable characters in extraordinary circumstances and exotic settings, and as the drama steadily builds, One Minute to Midnight evokes novelists like Alan Furst, John le CarrE[umlaut] or Graham GreeneAua reminder that footnote-laden history need not take a backseat to fictional thrillers.
IF the doomsday clock is ticking on Gordon Brown's premiership, then the hands are now at one minute to midnight.
One minute to midnight Wednesday was the deadline for a feature film to begin a seven-day run in Los Angeles County in order to qualify for Academy Award consideration.
The real time in Israel/Palestine is one minute to midnight.
This year it fell at one minute to midnight on June 20.
The clock is standing at one minute to midnight for the great apes, animals that share more than 96 per cent of their DNA with humans,' he said in a statement released at the opening of a meeting on great apes in Paris.