eleventh hour


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eleventh hour

n.
The latest possible time: turned in the report at the eleventh hour.

eleventh hour

n
a. the latest possible time; last minute
b. (as modifier): an eleventh-hour decision.

elev′enth hour′


n.
the last possible moment for doing something.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eleventh hour - the latest possible momenteleventh hour - the latest possible moment; "money became available at the eleventh hour"; "at the last minute the government changed the rules"
moment, instant, minute, second - a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began"
References in classic literature ?
I have not begun yet, as it is not worth while at the eleventh hour of this term; but when I return in January I will set to work in earnest.
I feel now like a man who has redeemed a failing reputation and shed luster upon a dimmed escutcheon, by a single just deed done at the eleventh hour.
The open forges of armorer and smithy smoked and hissed, and the din of hammer on anvil rose above the thousand lesser noises of the castle courts, the shouting of commands, the rattle of steel, the ringing of iron hoof on stone flags, as these artificers hastened, sweating and cursing, through the eleventh hour repairs to armor, lance and sword, or to reset a shoe upon a refractory, plunging beast.
He supplicated strength for the weak- hearted; guidance for wanderers from the fold: a return, even at the eleventh hour, for those whom the temptations of the world and the flesh were luring from the narrow path.
As the eleventh hour struck, he entered with a swaggering air, attended by two of the most dissolute and reckless of his boon companions.
Make her feel the presence of the living God, who beholds all the past, to whom the darkness is as noonday; who is waiting now, at the eleventh hour, for her to turn to him, and confess her sin, and cry for mercy--now, before the night of death comes, and the moment of pardon is for ever fled, like yesterday that returneth not.
Perhaps even I may move her so far yet, though it is the eleventh hour, and she upon the very brink of ruin.
If any guest failed at the eleventh hour, Todd was asked to dine.
It was only at the eleventh hour that our positions were inverted by the wholly unexpected selection of Raffles for the English team in the Second Test Match.
The draughtsman who had been already appointed to accompany it has lost heart, and withdrawn at the eleventh hour, and Walter is to fill his place.
The utility distributes the electricity bill literally at the eleventh hour, caring not a whit of how people with modest means will pay the bill.
Summary: The Lebanese Basketball Federation (FLB) avoided expulsion from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) at the eleventh hour after paying a fraction of the fees owed for hosting this year's Asia Cup.