Definition of Last minute

1. Noun. The latest possible moment. "At the last minute the government changed the rules"

Exact synonyms: Eleventh Hour
Generic synonyms: Instant, Minute, Moment, Second

Definition of Last minute

1. Noun. (idiomatic) An arbitrary (non-specific) point in time, too close to a deadline to reasonably begin a critical task. ¹

2. Adjective. (idiomatic) Very close to a deadline. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Last Minute

last burst of fire
last bursts of fire
last but not least
last ditch
last eight
last four
last gasp
last half
last hurrah
last in first out
last laugh
last meal
last mentioned
last mile
last minute (current term)
last name
last names
last night
last not least
last of the big spenders
last orders
last out
last post
last posts
last quarter
last resort
last respects
last rites
last sixteen

Literary usage of Last minute

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Biographies of Lady Russell, and Madame Guyon by Lydia Maria Francis Child (1832)
"I am, to the last minute of my life, your most obedient wife, R. RUSSELL." FROM LONDON TO STRATTON. 1680. " My thoughts being ever best pleased when I, ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1903)
"The last minute recorded in the old book was December 30, 1897. By reference to this book it will be noted that the proceedings each year, when the company ..."

3. Seven Weeks in Hawaii by Minnie Leola Crawford (1920)
"I can see the disgusted look on your face and hear you say : "Why put it off until the last minute ?" But you see we are on the travel so hard that we only ..."

4. Management and Executive Control: Internal Management that Pays--dividing (1919)
"This newspaper copy was not only interesting and informative, but also effective in lessening the last- minute rush of depositors to the bank. ..."

5. The Standard Library Cyclopaedia of Political, Constitutional, Statistical (1853)
"is payable at the times mentioned in the reservation, but not till the last minute of the day on which it is payable. Rent-service may be discharged in ..."

6. A Confederate Girl's Diary by Sarah Morgan Dawson (1913)
"last minute. I may here say that, when all was over, I found I had omitted many things from the holocaust. This very diary was not included. ..."

7. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia by Georgia General Assembly (1904)
"Resolved That in the last Minute but two of the same day the following Words. Viz' Their own Benefaction be inserted after the Words three Guineas. ..."

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