I promise you I don’t make these up. This was uttered in an administrative law judge hearing by the judge, exasperated by counsel’s not submitting evidence until the day of the hearing. It is a nice congruent conflation of “at the eleventh hour” and “at the last minute”, both meaning doing something at the last possible moment or opportunity. Confusing hours and minutes can be common when you are dealing with cases all day, and a massive docket. Or perhaps the judge is just a little particular. A shout out to Sam Edelmann who heard this one and passed it on!
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