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just (or wait) a minute

Definition of just or wait a minute in English:

1Used as a request to delay an action, departure, or decision for a short time, usually to allow the speaker to do something: wait a minute—I have to put my makeup on
More example sentences
  • He stripped from his waist up, put on a black face, did about 20 minutes of the show and then said, wait a minute.
  • Wait a minute - I have to go back and make sure that's what I actually saw.
Synonyms
be patient, wait a moment/second, hold on
informal hang on, hold your horses
2As a prelude to a challenge, query, or objection: just a minute—where do you think you’re going?
More example sentences
  • Wait a minute, wait a minute, doesn't BET also air a show called Comic View where on any given day any comedian could have two or three Michael Jackson jokes?
  • The less money you make - wait a minute, wait a minute - the less money you make, the less taxes you pay.
  • And I thought about it for a minute and said, wait a minute, there's a lot to be thankful for.
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