New York minute

noun
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

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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“New York minute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/New%20York%20minute. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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