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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The witnesses were the two wenches, a couple of hard-mouthed jades indeed, for though the thing was truth in the main, yet they aggravated it to the utmost extremity, and swore I had the goods wholly in my possession, that I had hid them among my clothes, that I was going off with them, that I had one foot over the threshold when they discovered themselves, and then I put t' other over, so that I was quite out of the house in the street with the goods before they took hold of me, and then they seized me, and brought me back again, and they took the goods upon me.