hold/hang on a minute

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hold/hang on a minute

informal
1 used to tell someone to wait or to stop for a brief time
  • "Aren't you finished yet?" "Hold on a minute. I'm almost done."
  • Hang on a minute—I didn't hear you. Could you repeat what you said?
2 used to express surprise or disbelief
  • Hold on a minute! That's not what you said yesterday!

Word by Word Definitions

hold play
  1. : to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal

  2. : to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

  3. : to have as a mark of distinction

  1. : stronghold

  2. : confinement, custody

  3. : prison

  1. : the interior of a ship below decks

  2. : the cargo compartment of a plane

hang play
  1. : to fasten to some elevated point without support from below : suspend

  2. : to suspend by the neck until dead

  3. : to fasten so as to allow free motion within given limits upon a point of suspension

  1. : the manner in which a thing is poised when suspended from above without support from below : the way in which a thing hangs (see 1hang)

  2. : declivity, slope

  3. : facility with or an understanding of something

minute play
  1. : the 60th part of an hour of time : 60 seconds

  2. : the 60th part of a degree of angular measure

  3. : the distance one can traverse in a minute

  1. : to make notes or a brief summary of

  1. : very small : infinitesimal

  2. : of small importance : trifling

  3. : marked by close attention to details


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