Definition of late in the day in English:

late in the day

(North American late in the game)

phrase

  • At a late stage in proceedings, especially too late to be useful.

    ‘it's a bit late in the day to go into all this’
    • ‘I put a lot of skepticism in anything a campaign or its supporters tell me about polls this late in the game.’
    • ‘If he wanted to avoid tempting fate it's a bit late in the day.’
    • ‘But the suggestion that it might have come a bit late in the day to resuscitate his reputation was left unsaid.’
    • ‘Is it not a bit late in the day to talk of probe considering that the contracts were signed several years ago?’
    • ‘As for disclosure, as we pointed out, that seems to be coming a bit late in the game.’
    • ‘We talked all around the subject today without actually touching on it until really rather late in the day.’
    • ‘There is disbelief that the US, rather late in the day, has decided that this is a crusade for human rights.’
    • ‘Well, it was raised by the appellant rather late in the day, your Honour.’
    • ‘White finally gets the right idea but rather too late in the day.’
    • ‘I am no dog-breeder, but this seems rather late in the day for thinking of future litters.’
    • ‘A little late in the game, but we'd be at home for the holiday for the first time.’
    • ‘Observers on both sides predict a tight contest that will not be decided until late in the game.’
    • ‘It just seems a little late in the day to be lamenting Edwardian repression.’
    • ‘And it's a bit late in the day to be making major changes to an almost completed plan.’
    • ‘It is rather late in the day for the regulator to see the advantages of letting managers manage.’
    • ‘The two sides moved toward a compromise on this issue late in the day but remained short of an agreement.’
    • ‘Numbness came a bit too late in the game for me, right on the heels of anger.’
    • ‘This may be a bit late in the day for us to try to sort that out.’
    • ‘So I guess it's almost a little late in the game for a lot of folks to start evacuating in that area.’