just a minute


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just a minute

1. A short amount of time. Though the actual amount of time can vary, the phrase usually refers to a few minutes. Sir, your order will be ready in just a minute. When we get home, I'll need just a minute to change, and then we can go right back out.
2. interjection A request for someone to wait a short amount of time. Just a minute! I'll open the door as soon as I get dressed. OK, I just need to print out your receipt. Just a minute, please.
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just a minute

only a short time; [wait] a short period of time. I'm almost done. I'll be there in just a minute! Could I have just a minute of your time?
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just a minute

Also, just a moment.
1. Wait a little bit. This expression is used before explaining oneself, as in Just a minute, I didn't mean that he was wrong, or to stop someone from something, as in Just a moment, I was here first. Also see hold everything.
2. Only a very short time, as in I'll be with you in just a minute.
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just a ˈminute/ˈmoment/ˈsecond

(informal) used to ask somebody to wait for a short time: ‘Is Mr Burns available?’ ‘Just a second, please, I’ll check.’
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