at short notice

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - at short notice

"at short notice"

with little advance warning or time to prepare


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - at short notice

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I notice that you always have a travel bag under your desk.

Colleague 2:  That's my go-bag.  I have a change of clothes, toiletries and a few other necessities just in case the boss sends me on a trip at short notice.

Colleague 1:  How much time are you given in advance?

Colleague 2:  Sometimes as little as twenty minutes.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - at short notice

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Can I count on you to look after my dog if the hospital calls at short notice?

Friend 2:  Sure. If someone cancels and you can get your hernia operation more quickly, sure I'll take care of your dog.

Friend 1:  Thanks. The hospital said that the lead time could be as short as an hour and that would give me no chance to make arrangements.

at short notice - Usage:


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at short notice - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for at short notice.

at short notice - Examples:

1)  EduMine reserves the right to cancel an advertised course at short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but ...

2)  We were able to get a room at short notice and had an excellent peaceful night sleep in a very comfortable bed with accommodations.

3)  ... talking of not being allowed time off work for funerals or family emergencies at short notice. One individual had been refused time off to attend his own graduation.

4)  ... primary aspects was usability, enabling the dealers to change and modify content at short notice, without having to go through the vendor, ...

5)  Are you willing to be given a date for the hearing at short notice? You should get at least 14 days notice of the hearing, unless ...

6)  On numerous occasions we have needed to see the vet at short notice and this has always been accommodated (which we appreciate very much).

7)  ... move the outdoor stage inside to the biggest night club in the town at short notice, I for one have already put plans in place to either have the main ...

8)  ... this is why Chancellor Gordon Brown should have come, rather than cancelling at short notice

9)  If you are prepared to go into hospital at short notice you should say so, in case a cancellation occurs.

10)  Material can not be retrieved from the stacks at short notice or at weekends. Some items will take up to three working days to fetch.

11)  This was clearly written at short notice on the back of an envelope, since it reeks of damage limitation and pledges ...

12)  Or else it's a decision to be made at short notice when we feel likely we're in real danger.

13)  The Team Leader can change his pilots to a new frequency at short notice if necessary but nonetheless such interruptions are obviously extremely dangerous, and illegal.

14)  Flypasts are always subject to cancellation at short notice for operational reasons such as weather conditions and Air Traffic Control restrictions.

15)  While the requirement to go anywhere at short notice had made the Marines mobile, ...

16)  ... routinely clocking in 15-hour days -- even on weekends -- and pulling all-nighters at short notice to scrub PowerPoint presentations for senior bankers heading to early morning pitch-meetings.

17)  ... other actors who are willing to curry favour and work on their projects at short notice for no pay and little credit and great inconvenience ...

18)  Once, when the Queen wanted to see him at short notice, he was concerned that he'd have to wear his work clothes.

19)  Need a cleaner at short notice? Buzy Bees Cleaners are here to help! We work 7 days a week ...

20)  ... because urgent items, by their very nature, are matters which arise at short notice.