Wednesday, January 30, 2013

cliché: at the eleventh hour

Meaning: at the last possible moment (definition).

Example: They averted a strike reaching an agreement at the 11th hour. (Examples.)

Origins: The Bible – the last hour of sunlight before darkness sets in at the 11th hour. (Sources.)

  • a quarter to too late
  • at the moment of last resort
  • with time only to utter the final word
  • with the clock showing just shy of “too late”
  • between 1 and 0 in the final countdown

Discussion: I struggled to find a closer revision of the actual words “the 11th hour” but it was a toughie. What ideas do you have?

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