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Of importance at this time, as in The issue of the moment is dealing with our budget deficit. This expression gave rise in succeeding decades to the man of the moment, meaning “the most important person at this time,” as in When Alan hit a home run and broke the tie, he was the man of the moment. [ c. 1930 ]
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