a day late and a dollar short

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a day late and a dollar short

"a day late and a dollar short"

late and ill-prepared, inadequate


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a day late and a dollar short

A boss and employee are talking ...

Employee:  Here is the report that you asked for.

Boss:  I am afraid you are a day late and a dollar short. At first glance I can see that you missed several areas. I also asked to have this report ready three days ago. This sort of sub-standard work ethic will just not do.

Employee:  Sorry.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a day late and a dollar short

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I guess retirement is coming up pretty soon for you, huh?

Friend 2:  I would really like to but I was never really able to contribute to my pension as I should have. Now that it is time to retire, my pension fund is a day late and a dollar short.

Friend 1:  I guess you will have to keep working for a few more years then.

Friend 2:  Looks that way.

a day late and a dollar short - Usage:


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a day late and a dollar short - Gerund Form:

Being a day late and a dollar short, he did not get the job.

a day late and a dollar short - Examples:

1)  ... the many faceless BP executives who always seem to be a day late and a dollar short with their solutions.

2)  For lack of a better expression, you're a day late and a dollar short. That should have been up a long time ago.

3)  They often end up in the right place, but a day late and a dollar short. The decisions are made poorly and on the spur of the moment with no forethought.

4)  Mrs. Clinton is a day late and a dollar short. Her bizarre focus on the marvels of free trade, for example ...

5)  ... focused on their successful trajectory that each was exposed as a day late and a dollar short with the introduction of turbo 'power units' ahead of the 2014 season ...

6)  ... having it a sea wall around the island it is a day late and a dollar short. If something isn't done, Tangier is history.

7)  He is a day late and a dollar short. He should have thought about complaining six years ago.

8)  ... a gesture one of the protesters dismissed as "a day late and a dollar short".

9)  ... is concerned that it is "a day late and a dollar short", and justice could be hard to win almost seven years after the ...

10)  ... appear to be sucking wind in the third period, a day late and a dollar short to defensive assignments? 

11)  ... that leaders are often "a day late and a dollar short" with their attempts to appease political protesters.

12)  ... have been underwhelming and his defense of marriage is always a day late and a dollar short

13)  ... response to the disaster was "a day late and a dollar short" according to a former vice-chairman of ...

14)  ... government has been a reluctant regulator of this, always a day late and a dollar short.

15)  Every step taken by TEPCO is a day late and a dollar short. He also faulted the utility for its slowness in releasing information.

16)  After that, Glen never seemed to catch up - a day late and a dollar short, sort of. 

17)  He's been similarly a day late and a dollar short in dealing with Libya, procrastinating when he should have been imposing a no-fly ...

18)  ... sort of copyright protection on it. But it's a day late and a dollar short, you know.

19)  Unfortunately, my whole life has been a day late and a dollar short.

20)  I have always been a day late and a dollar short. I would be delighted if things I worked on had been successful.