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It is next to impossible to organize relief at such short notice. We need some more time to make it work

At first I thought that I can't quite right understand the word usage (it was a task to insert the right word, "notice"), but then it occurred to me that maybe I'm missing the general meaning.

I looked up http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ and found only these definitions of the most confusing word:

NOTICE:

  1. The act of noting or observing; perception or attention: That detail escaped my notice.
  2. Respectful attention or consideration: grateful for the teacher's notice.
  3. A written or printed announcement: a notice of sale.
  4. a. A formal announcement, notification, or warning, especially an announcement of one's intention to withdraw from an agreement or leave a job: gave my employer two weeks' notice; raised the price without notice. b. The condition of being formally warned or notified: put us on notice for chronic lateness.
  5. A printed critical review, as of a play or book.

but none of them fit in right, as I think

  • Sometimes it helps if we try to search for a string of words, instead of just a word. For example, here is a definition of at/on short notice: without being given much warning before something happens – Damkerng T. Dec 27 '15 at 11:40
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The meaning is sense 4. But instead of giving a notice well in advance, like the example of giving your employer two week's notice, whoever is asking for relief did not give enough time. "Short notice" means insufficient notice.

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