there's one born every minute

idiom
variants: or there's a sucker born every minute
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of there's one born every minute

informal
used to say that there are many people in the world who are foolish and can be easily deceived

Word by Word Definitions

there play
  1. : in or at that place

  2. : to or into that place : thither

  3. : at that point or stage

  1. used as a function word to introduce a sentence or clause

  2. used as an indefinite substitute for a name

  1. : that place or position

  2. : that point

  1. used for emphasis especially after a demonstrative pronoun or a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective

  2. used for emphasis after a demonstrative adjective but before the noun modified

  3. : capable of being relied on for support or aid

born play
  1. : brought forth by or as if by birth

  2. : native

  3. : deriving or resulting from

every play
  1. : being each individual or part of a group without exception

  2. : being each in a series or succession

  3. : being all taken severally

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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