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English Reference for dotanba (どたんば)

  1. noun last moment, eleventh hour
  2. platform made of dirt used to perform executions (decapitations) in the Edo period
Example sentences
Years of resistance to misfortune ended when the settlers' village was overcome by the savages and their hopes and lives came to the bitter end
Words failed me at the last minute
The bill passed at the last moment
Words failed me at the last minute
If we don't make a last ditch stand at winning that contract, we may very well go under
We have been completely cornered
I am sorry to cancel the appointment at the last minute
We'd better finish up this project before the eleventh hour
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