give (someone) a minute

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give (someone) a minute

To allow someone or something a moment or brief period of time in which to do something. Honey, this isn't what it looks like, just give me a minute to explain! Give the computer a minute to reboot so the updates can be properly installed.
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References in classic literature ?
My reasons for pursuing this course may be understood from the following: First, were I to give a minute statement of all the facts, it is not only possible, but quite probable, that others would thereby be involved in the most embar- rassing difficulties.
Do not ask me, reader, to give a minute account of that day; as before, I sought work; as before, I was repulsed; as before, I starved; but once did food pass my lips.