just a minute

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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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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