wait a minute/moment/second

idiom

1
used to tell someone to stop and wait briefly
Wait a minute. I need to tie my shoe.
If you will just wait a second, I can explain what happened.
2
used to interrupt someone or something because one has noticed, thought of, or remembered something
Wait a second—that's not what she said.
Wait a minute. I just remembered where I put the keys.

Examples of wait a minute/moment/second in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But wait a minute: Willy keeps on looking at the camera, and David keeps telling him to stop saying inappropriate things. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2024 While a whole other side was saying, well, wait a minute, what about Nicole Brown Simpson? NPR, 11 Apr. 2024 Shake it up and wait a minute for the slush to melt before pouring. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 27 Jan. 2024 When prompted, select the R2-4K Pro from the list of devices and wait a second or two for the dash cam to connect to the app. PCMAG, 31 Jan. 2024 So Why Can't Southerners Figure Out What Salad Is? Now wait a minute. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 30 Oct. 2023 Back on the smartphone app a moment later, a message said to wait a moment. David Ingram, NBC News, 3 Aug. 2023 But wait a minute, power in Hollywood … isn’t that … the Jews? Jonah Platt, Variety, 18 Oct. 2023 Pour a little cool or cold water over the grounds to wet them, wait a minute, then pour the rest through, preferably using some sort of filter to separate the water from the grounds. Jaina Grey, WIRED, 30 June 2023

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“Wait a minute/moment/second.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wait%20a%20minute%2Fmoment%2Fsecond. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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