Definition of be (or come) late to the party in US English:

be (or come) late to the party


  • Become aware of or get involved in something long after others.

    ‘I didn't get into Nirvana until after MTV Unplugged came out—I'm always late to the party’
    ‘though they have come late to the party, their cloud storage solution seems to be catching up’
    • ‘Coming late to the party doesn't mean settling for leftovers.’
    • ‘In fact, they are late to the party for dual-core processors.’
    • ‘The computer giant is seeking to play catch-up in a market where it admits it has been late to the party.’
    • ‘I came late to the party; this film is the last anyone will get to see of Inspector Morse.’
    • ‘Once again, popular journalism is late to the party.’
    • ‘Never one to come late to the party, the company has finally joined the other throngs in the wireless market.’
    • ‘I was late to the party and I missed the first five years of Mitch's work, but he's been a key influence to this feature for the last four years.’
    • ‘Always late to the party but sure it's a good one when I get there, I've done two things I should have done a while ago.’
    • ‘It's a good idea, but the manufacturer has come late to the party.’
    • ‘Larry came late to the party, so he didn't see the genesis of these policies and practices.’