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one moment

An expression asking someone to wait patiently for a short amount of time. A: "Hello? Is anybody there?" B: "One moment! I'm just getting dressed." A: "Yes, hello. May I speak to Mrs. Robertson?" B: "One moment please. I'll see if she's available."
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One moment, please.

Please wait briefly. (A polite way of acknowledging that you noticed someone's request.) John: Can you help me? Clerk: One moment, please. I will be with you shortly. Bill (answering the phone): Hello? Bob: Hello. Can I speak to Tom? Bill: One moment, please, (handing phone to Tom) It's for you. Tom: Hello, this is Tom.
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The focus of these fears in a particular time period -- heresy at one moment, destruction of families at another, etc.
As a Canadian and as a Catholic, I do not for one moment wish to impose my moral code on anyone, nor do I wish to deny any woman the "right" to choose to have an abortion, but by the same token I should not be denied the right to refuse to pay or permit any portion of my tax dollars to pay for any expenses related to therapeutic abortions.
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A few of the interviewers comment on how in their interviews Wideman is likewise fully guarded at one moment and brightly open the next.