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  • adj. Just before too late, in the nick of time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. just before a deadline; at the last minute


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  • In a securities filing last month, the company informed shareholders about what it called the "last-minute legislation."

    Oklahoma Board Rule Benefits Chesapeake

  • In January, Mr. Cobb made what he called a "last-minute plea for reversal of this death sentence" to David Barger, the president and chief executive of JetBlue.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Gross and El-Erian say they regularly begin emailing each other about their market strategies before 5 a.m., Pacific Standard Time, and both say they have called last-minute meetings with their fellow Pimco executives during the recent market turmoil to weigh market conditions and how they could affect Pimco portfolios.

    Pimco's Gross Has 'Lost Sleep' Over Bad Bets

  • Oh, let her have her so-called last-minute abs workout.

    Confetti Confidential

  • If the idea of last-minute frying still doesn’t appeal, swap out those items for others: Double-up on Sandwichitos (see page 66), perhaps, or introduce a couple of items from other menus in the book, like the Red Snapper Tiradito Skewers on page 22 or the Turkey, Bacon, and Avocado Panini (page 80), served hot and cut into cocktail-size pieces.

    Daisy’s Holiday Cooking

  • I know it’s last-minute, which is probably why she was willing to go so far above asking, but her stepson, or godson, or whatever, moved in with them, and she wants him out.

    The Guy Not Taken

  • Lyndon Johnson, shown signing the legislation, made a crucial last-minute phone call that enabled us to break a filibuster by Southern segregationists and pass the bill.

    The Good Fight

  • Now, with the passage of the tax cut extension, providing us a harrowing, last-minute, reprieve from such a fate, we face another monumental debate about the proper size of government -- with the difference, again, being a whopping 4%.

    Paul Abrams: Beware the Big vs. Small Govt Trap: It's Only About 4%. Yes, 4%

  • Even if the Supreme Court reversed the appeals court's ruling immediately, staying on the ballot with a legitimate candidacy wouldn't be enough to repair the damage that all of this last-minute confusion has done to Emanuel's run.

    Can Rahm Emanuel bounce back?

  • The FCC signed off on that plan last March, but only after Harbinger agreed to a last-minute condition that it would seek FCC approval before leasing airwaves to AT & T Inc. or Verizon Communications Inc., which operate the two largest wireless networks in the U.S.

    FCC Expected to OK Cellphone Use of Satellite Airwaves


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