释义：The last possible moment or opportunity.（最后一刻，危机时刻）
例句：I was shocked that they reached an agreement at the eleventh hour after weeks of squabbling.
I was shocked that they reached an eleventh-hour decision after weeks of squabbling.
——Did you hand in the report?——Yeah. I turned in the report at the eleventh hour.
She was asked, at the eleventh hour, to step in and be the leading role in the sitcom.
2. 表述：behind the eight ball
释义：To be in trouble; in a weak or losing position. （处于困境）
例句：If we don't leave early tomorrow, we'll be behind the eight ball, and I doubt we'll reach the cabin by dusk.
Coach Jones is behind the eight ball this season. He's got to win more than he loses or he'll get fired for sure, and the team has already lost the first five.
My friend Pete has been out of work six months and he's really behind the eight ball. He’s used up his savings and can't pay his rent or the payments he owes on his car.