Definition of “the last minute” - English Dictionary

“the last minute” in British English

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the last minute

the latest possible opportunity for doing something:

He always leaves his homework until the last minute.
At the last minute, we found our tickets.

the last minutenoun [ S ]

uk /ˌlɑːst ˈmɪn.ɪt/ us /ˌlæst ˈmɪn.ɪt/

B2 the latest possible opportunity for doing something:

They only told me at the last minute that they couldn't come.
Why do you always leave everything until the last minute?

More examples

  • We changed our plans at the last minute.
  • At the last minute, the plane veered to the left.
  • At the last minute, he sprinted forward to win the race.
  • They only decided to come at the last minute.
  • He always does his essays at the last minute.
last-minute
adjective [ usually before noun ] uk /ˌlɑːstˈmɪn.ɪt/ us /ˌlæst-/

B2

a last-minute cancellation

(Definition of “the last minute” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“the last minute” in American English

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the last minute

the latest possible opportunity for doing something:

He always leaves his homework until the last minute.
At the last minute, we found our tickets.

(Definition of “the last minute” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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