wait a second

wait a second

1. Wait or pause for a moment. Can you please wait a second so I can tie my shoe? We waited a second before turning the water back on.
2. A phrase spoken when one has a realization about something they had not thought of until that moment. Wait a second, Jeff said he was driving here, but his car is in the shop. He must have forgotten. Wait a second... these aren't bananas, they're plantains!
See also: second, wait
References in classic literature ?
So I did not wait a second time for Maud to send me.
Up you go; wait a second in the room above, and I'll find you an old cutlass.