the eleventh hour


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the eleventh hour

The last possible moment or opportunity. Can be hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. I was shocked that they reached an agreement at the eleventh hour after weeks of squabbling. I was shocked that they reached an eleventh-hour decision after weeks of squabbling.
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eleventh hour

The latest possible time, as in We turned in our report at the eleventh hour. This term is thought to allude to the parable of the laborers (Matthew 20:1-16), in which those workers hired at the eleventh hour of a twelve-hour working day were paid the same amount as those who began in the first hour. [Early 1800s]
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the eˌleventh ˈhour

the moment when it is almost, but not quite, too late to do something, avoid something, etc: Our pianist had fallen ill, and then, at the eleventh hour, when we thought we’d have to cancel the performance, Jill offered to replace him. ▶ eˌleventh-ˈhour adj.: an eleventh-hour decision
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A DEVELOPER behind a regeneration scheme which was pulled at the eleventh hour say they are seeking to convince officials to change their mind.
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Organiser Four Oaks singer-songwriter Bob Lines, told fans his festival in mid-February in Sutton Coldfield town centre had been scrapped at the eleventh hour because he could not find a venue for it.
A work stoppage by writers and actors had barely been averted at the eleventh hour four years ago.
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Remembrance ceremonies on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month were led by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Field of Remembrance in the grounds of Westminster Abbey.
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University Village invites men to get their Christmas shopping done from the comfort of a barstool at the Eleventh Hour Pub, beginning this Thursday at 5 p.
AT the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month I went to the Gateshead Cenotaph for the customary Memorial Remembrance for all who died in the two World Wars and other conflicts.
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But at the eleventh hour she changed her pleas and pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing a disguised firearm on March 3.
It was hoped the talks would defuse tensions which arose after it was claimed by GMB union leaders that Enterprise Liverpool had reneged upon an agreement to consolidate bonuses into pay - an agreement which averted strikes at the eleventh hour last month.
Organiser Four Oaks singer-songwriter Bob Lines, told fans his festival in mid- February in Sutton Coldfield town centre had been scrapped at the eleventh hour because he could not find a venue for it.
For the people in America who somehow missed the finale, here are the important facts: After much protracted dithering, and to the delighted shrieks of the studio audience, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) abandoned her Paris-bound plane for the arms of Ross (David Schwimmer), who took until the eleventh hour, the 59th minute and about the 58th second to proclaim his undying love for her.
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