Quick Reference

At the eleventh hour at the latest possible moment; originally with reference to the story in Matthew ch. 20 of the labourers who were hired ‘about the eleventh hour’ to work in the vineyard, and who were given the same payment as those who had worked all day.

eleventh commandment a rule to be observed as strictly as the ten commandments, recorded from the mid 19th century, and often defined as, ‘Thou shalt not be found out.’

Reference entries