a day late and a dollar short

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a day late and a dollar short

  1. (US, idiomatic) Action that was taken too late and is too feeble to be of any use.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Permits relatively little variation, but can be found with shy for short, other units for day and dollar, and occasionally a unit of distance instead of dollar.

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