New York minute

plural New York minutes

Definition of New York minute

US, informal
: a very brief span of time : instant, flash If he asks if everything is to your liking, he does it in a tone that suggests he'll fix any little thing that's wrong in a New York minute.— John Mariani … no one believes for a New York minute that 16 acres of prime Manhattan real estate will be left undeveloped …— Cathleen McGuigan

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Examples of New York minute in a Sentence

in a New York minute she had signed the contract and was off on her first assignment

First Known Use of New York minute

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of New York minute was in 1954

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Cite this Entry

“New York minute.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of New York minute

US, informal : a very short amount of time

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