wait a minute


Also found in: Acronyms, Wikipedia.

wait a minute

Stop or pause briefly. This phrase is usually used to initiate an interruption. Wait a minute, I'm confused. What exactly happened when you went to the mall? Now wait a minute! I did nothing wrong, and I won't stand to hear such nasty accusations!
See also: minute, wait

wait a minute

1. Stop, I want to say something, as in Wait a minute-he wasn't there yesterday.
2. What a surprise, as in Wait a minute! It was you who called the police? For a similar phrase, see hold everything.
See also: minute, wait

wait a ˈminute/ˈmoment/ˈsecond


1 wait for a short time: Can you wait a second while I make a call?
2 used when you have just noticed or remembered something, or had a sudden idea: Wait a minute — this isn’t the right key.
See also: minute, moment, second, wait
References in classic literature ?
Oh, wait a minute, though," he said, still holding her and stroking her soft little hand.
Wait a minute,"; she added, "I want to give you something for a keepsake.
Wait a minute till I run in the house and get my sunbonnet.