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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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But a spokesman for EPDL said: "The partners behind the Europa Plaza scheme were astonished by the eleventh hour decision of the council to withdraw its support for a project which guaranteed funding and, in the depths of a recession, would create jobs and much-needed regeneration in Birkenhead town centre.
But a spokesman for EPDL said: "The partners behind the Europa Plaza scheme were astonished by the eleventh hour decision of Wirral Borough Council to withdraw its support for a project that has guaranteed funding and which, in the depths of a recession, would create jobs and much-needed physical regeneration in Birkenhead town centre.
Observing a two-minute silence at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month is an especially fitting tribute.
The Eleventh Hour Pub, complete with food, top-shelf spirits and beer from The Ram Restaurant and fully outfitted with plasma-screen TVs showing the weekend's must-see games, is staffed with Personal Shoppers available to help men select the perfect gifts from a catalog of participating University Village stores.
NEW Time Lord Matt Smith said he was prepared to take on the challenge of filling David Tennant's shoes when he landed his Tardis in Cardiff for the premiere of the Eleventh Hour.
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.
Now, at the eleventh hour, owners are finding out their tenants never complied with the SCRIE rules, and worse, don't even know which tenants did or did not file the forms.
At the eleventh hour, the Government has restored the Royal Mail's monopoly.
Instead, you have selected the eleventh hour to re-approach Butler, muddying the waters regarding the merger with BlueScope.
Despite finishing in a relegation position, on-going issues at both Boston United and Nuneaton Borough means the Motormen could be saved from demotion at the eleventh hour.
The eleventh hour plea from Cannock-based charity BDF Newlife followed a shortage of female teams signing up for the Cannock Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge, to be held at Chasewater on August 12.
Evidently that was not the case and tackling the issue has now been left until the eleventh hour.
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