Idiom:  A day late and a dollar short

Definition

Idiom:  A day late and a dollar short

  • not enough and too late to be of use
  • late and not prepared


Example sentences

  • My boyfriend’s promises to finally spend more time with me were a day late and a dollar short so I broke up with him.
  • I'm sorry but your business proposal is a day late and a dollar short.  You promised it two weeks ago and now we've already hired another firm.
  • I wish we'd had this information yesterday. It would have really strengthened our case but now it's a day late and a dollar short.
  • Sir, the reason I am upset is that your simple apology is a day late and a dollar short. I needed those tickets for a concert tonight! 
  • Your remorse is a day late and a dollar short. I think you're just sorry you got caught and I  cannot trust you anymore.
  • I admit my performance was a day late and a dollar short.  I should have started training earlier for the tournament.
  • The contributions for Sarah's baby shower were a day late and a dollar short so I had to pay for a lot of the gifts and decorations myself.
  • I quit the committee because half of the members were always a day late and a dollar short, which made a lot more work for the rest of us.


Synonyms

  • too little too late


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