hold/hang on a minute

Definition of hold/hang on a minute

informal

  1. 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. 2 —used to express surprise or disbelief Hold on a minute! That's not what you said yesterday!

Word by Word Definitions

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

    :  to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

    :  to have as a mark of distinction

  1. :  stronghold

    :  confinement, custody

    :  prison

  1. :  the interior of a ship below decks

    :  the cargo deck of a ship

    :  the cargo compartment of a plane

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

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

    :  to adjust the hem of (a skirt) so as to hang evenly and at a proper height

  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)

    :  declivity, slope

    :  droop

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

    :  the 60th part of a degree of angular measure

    :  the distance one can traverse in a minute

  1. :  to make notes or a brief summary of

  1. :  very small :  infinitesimal

    :  of small importance :  trifling

    :  marked by close attention to details


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