last minute


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Synonyms for last minute

the latest possible moment

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The secretary, however, more devoted to the good things of this world, or more intent on sustaining his strength and spirits for the sake of the Protestant cause, ate and drank to the last minute, and required indeed some three or four reminders from John Grueby, before he could resolve to tear himself away from Mr Willet's plentiful providing.
At the last minute, when the social machine was clogged hopelessly, one member or other of the family poured in a drop of oil.
At the last minute I saw the great blades move to reverse her, yet on she came as though drawn by some mighty, irresistible power.
Then tea must be got, errands done, and one or two necessary bits of sewing neglected until the last minute.
At the last minute, Virginia had a fit of sobbing; she embraced her mother again and again, while the latter kissed her on the forehead, and said: "Now, be brave, be brave
Had he--I asked myself with interest--resisted his wife to the very last minute and then bolted up the road from the last conclusive argument, as though it had been a loaded gun suddenly produced?
We can say simply: The animal's behaviour during the last minute has had those characteristics which distinguish what is called "hunger," and it is likely that its actions during the next minute will be similar in this respect, unless it finds food, or is interrupted by a stronger impulse, such as fear.
Twas no matter for that, he said, it was a life worth all the world to him; a life that had given him a new life; 'for,' says he, 'I was never in real danger of being taken, but that time, till the last minute when I was taken.
Any man who wants to do justice does not wait till the last minute to hear both sides of the question.
Now we thoroughly understand one another," she said, "let us speak of a lady who has dropped out of the conversation for the last minute or two.
It was rather back-breaking work, for in a dory the weight of a cod is water-borne till the last minute, and you are, so to speak, abreast of him; but the few feet of a schooner's free-board make so much extra dead-hauling, and stooping over the bulwarks cramps the stomach.
You see, up to the very last minute, I thought it was Lawrence
Now, little housewife," said my guardian, looking at his watch, "I was strictly timed before I came upstairs, for you must not be tired too soon; and my time has waned away to the last minute.
But by some mistake, or accident, it was discovered at the last minute that there was no milk.
It was then that Bagheera lifted up his dripping chin, and in despair gave the Snake's Call for protection--"We be of one blood, ye and I"-- for he believed that Kaa had turned tail at the last minute.