Definition of be or come late to the party in English:

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be (or come) late to the party

informal Become aware of or get involved in something long after others: I didn’t get into Nirvana until after MTV Unplugged came out—I’m always late to the party though they have come late to the party, their cloud storage solution seems to be catching up
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  • Once again, popular journalism is late to the party.
  • The computer giant is seeking to play catch-up in a market where it admits it has been late to the party.
  • In fact, they are late to the party for dual-core processors.
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