a day late and a dollar short

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

a day late and a dollar short

  1. (US, idiomatic, predicative) Too late and too feeble to achieve the desired effect.
    His apology was a day late and a dollar short.

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.

Adverb[edit]

a day late and a dollar short

  1. (US, idiomatic) Adverbial use of the adjectival form.
    Help arrived a day late and a dollar short.

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