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, 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.
See also: midnight, minute, one
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'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.
Klaus Toepfer, executive director of the UN's environment programme, said: "The clock is standing at one minute to midnight for the great apes.