occurring at the latest possible time or opportunity: a last-minute decision
The period just before a deadline, scheduled event, or other significant or concluding moment: waits until the last minute to do his taxes.
- (idiomatic) Very close to a deadline.
- That last minute revision really paid off in the exam!
- Just before too late, in the nick of time.
- He's a last-minute replacement, after today they'd have to play with the original roster.