a day late and a dollar short - adjective

(idiomatic) action that was taken too late and too feeble to be of any use, not enough to be useful

  1. The government's attempts at reform were a day late and a dollar short.
  2. Although it's the 6th largest state, an Electoral College powerhouse, and a state bitterly fought over in presidential elections, Pennsylvania has little or no influence on the nominees for president. When it comes to nominating presidents, Pennsylvania is always a day late and a dollar short. (Pennsylvania's 'Primary Problem' by G. Terry Madonna and Michael Young, January 29, 2007)
Topic revision: r2 - 01 Oct 2007, WillGray

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