American Idioms and Expressions

At The Eleventh Hour Idiom

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At the eleventh hour
What does At the eleventh hour mean?
At the very last moment.The union negotiator went right down to the eleventh hour before accepting the company's final offer.
On a 12-hour clock (rather than the 24-hour clock used by scientists, the military, et al) the hours of 12 noon and 12 midnight seem to hold special significance. De-marking the transition from morning to afternoon and the end of the day, they are often used as deadlines (high noon, the stroke of midnight).
To come at "the eleventh hour" implies that it comes in the last hour before the deadline. The choice of "the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" as the time to end W.W.I was quite apt.
at the eleventh hour
What does at the eleventh hour mean?
at the last minute; almost too late."Yes, I got the work done in time. I finished it at the eleventh hour, but I wasn't late.
at the eleventh hour
What does at the eleventh hour mean?
at the last possible momentThe company and union settled the strike at the eleventh hour.
at the eleventh hour
What does at the eleventh hour mean?
at the last possible momentAt the eleventh hour the city and the garbage collectors settled their contract dispute.
at the eleventh hour
What does at the eleventh hour mean?
at the last possible moment The company and the union settled the strike at the eleventh hour.

at the eleventh hour
What does at the eleventh hour mean?
at the last possible moment At the eleventh hour the city and the garbage collectors settled their contract dispute.


Some Random Idioms
around the clock
What does "around the clock" mean?
all day and all nightWe worked around the clock to get the store ready to open.
get ready
What does "get ready" mean?
to prepare yourself for something "First I must get ready for work, then I will help you."

separate the men from the boys
What does "separate the men from the boys" mean?
to separate competent people from less competent peopleSome people say that joining the military is a good way to separate the men from the boys.
fair play
What does "fair play" mean?
equal and correct action toward someone, justice The company has a reputation for fair play when they are bargaining with their employees.

the straight and narrow
What does "the straight and narrow" mean?
a straight and law-abiding route through lifeThe boy took the straight and narrow after he was in trouble with the law.
get the ball rolling
What does "get the ball rolling" mean?
begin beginWe got up early to get the ball rolling on our project.
know a trick or two
What does "know a trick or two" mean?
to know a special way to deal with a problemMy father knows a trick or two about making model boats.
eat like a bird
What does "eat like a bird" mean?
to eat very littleHe eats like a bird. That is why he cannot gain enough weight to join the football team.
get into the swing of things
What does "get into the swing of things" mean?
to adapt to a new environment or situation We got into the swing of things after the party started.

Dressed to a tea
What does "Dressed to a tea" mean?
Well dressed with attention to detail.Beware any salesman that is dressed to a tea, smiles too much, and talks fast.
A short way of saying "dressed for a tea" or "dressed to go to a tea". In the Victorian era, high tea was a formal affair. All proper people dressed in appropriate attire.
cool one`s heels
What does "cool one`s heels" mean?
to be kept waitingThe man was forced to cool his heels in the waiting room before his boss would talk to him.

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