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- adj. Immediately preceding the last in a sequence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. next preceding the last.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. next to the last
- adj. used of the third or next to final year in United States high school or college
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It will be Endeavour's final flight and the next-to-last shuttle mission, and will feature the delivery of a $2 billion physics experiment to the International Space Station.
It is the next-to-last flight in NASA's 30-year shuttle program.
NASA later determined the damage posed no threat to the next-to-last flight in the 30-year shuttle program.
It was the fourth spacewalk in a week for the Endeavour astronauts, headed back to Earth in just a few days to end NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight.
The flight, scheduled for April 19, is the last one for the shuttle Endeavour, and the next-to-last for the entire shuttle fleet.
This kind of "semantic weasel" is essentially the approach taken by Gregory Bateson in his next-to-last book, Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity.
The next-to-last paragraph you quote really does encapsulate what I think is the relevant difference.
Fourth-grader Hannah Eschrig got a surprise on the next-to-last day of class at her school: her father, Air Force Master Sgt. Joseph Myers returns early for a surprise homecoming.
As often happens in the next-to-last episode of an HBO season, the boom falls on a major character.
Even as NASA's shuttle program is drawing to a close — its next-to-last launch is scheduled for Friday, when the shuttle Endeavour is to begin a two-week mission to the International Space Station — private companies are soliciting passengers for commercial trips to space.