Meaning of last minute in English:

last minute

Pronunciation /ˌlɑːstˈmɪnɪt/


the last minute
  • The latest possible time before an event.

    ‘the visit was cancelled at the last minute’
    • ‘she kept putting off her decision until the last minute’


  • Done or occurring at the latest possible time before an event.

    ‘a last-minute change of plan’
    • ‘Too much legislation, as a result, was last-minute and poorly thought out.’
    • ‘Adults smile and wish each other well as they hurry along doing last-minute chores.’
    • ‘A last-minute rescue plan has saved Bradford's Priestley Centre from closure.’
    • ‘The teenager is now busy making last-minute plans before she jets off in early April.’
    • ‘An amateur operatic society has found a last-minute venue for a show which looked like being cancelled.’
    • ‘Although talk suggests the recruitment of several of them was a bit of a last-minute scramble, it looks well crafted.’
    • ‘Will there be a last-minute dash for the on-off lovers to be reunited?’
    • ‘No matter how many last-minute things you have to fit in before December 25, try to find time for a manicure.’
    • ‘Yorkshire buyers expected to leave rest of country in wake as they splash out on last-minute presents’
    • ‘Following his re-admittance, he has faced a further series of last-minute cancellations.’
    • ‘You can check your e-mails while you are out shopping or you've got time to book a last-minute flight or rail journey.’
    • ‘There will no doubt be further last-minute changes to the new pensions regime due to begin after April 5.’
    • ‘Despite last-minute government moves to avert the strike, it went ahead on Thursday.’
    • ‘He may have been prey to last-minute doubts, but the more likely explanation was that his visit was a prelude to an approval.’
    • ‘A last-minute offer may be a ruse or a bluff but I'm the guy who ought to make that call.’
    • ‘However most were anticipating a hectic Christmas Eve as last-minute shoppers make a dash to the high street.’
    • ‘I urge everyone to get involved in last-minute campaigning to save them.’
    • ‘He called candidates in target seats to offer last-minute encouragement from a Midlands phone centre.’
    • ‘But despite a strong start, France came back with a dramatic last-minute victory.’
    • ‘Bidding closes today and if you wish to top the single bid with a well-timed last-minute offer, the book is yours.’
    careless, slapdash, slipshod, lackadaisical, disorganized, haphazard, unmethodical, unsystematic, hit-or-miss, untidy, messy, thoughtless, inattentive, heedless, hasty, hurried