on short notice

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - on short notice

"on short notice"

with little advance warning or time to prepare


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - on 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 on 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 - on short notice

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Can I count on you to look after my dog if the hospital calls on 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.

on short notice - Usage:


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on short notice - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for on short notice.

on short notice - Examples:

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

2)  We were able to get a room on 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 on 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 on short notice, without having to go through the vendor, ...

5)  Are you willing to be given a date for the hearing on 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 on 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 on 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 on short notice

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

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

11)  This was clearly written on 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 on short notice when we feel likely we're in real danger.

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

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

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

16)  ... routinely clocking in 15-hour days -- even on weekends -- and pulling all-nighters on 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 on short notice for no pay and little credit and great inconvenience ...

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

19)  Need a cleaner on 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 on short notice.