wait/just a minute

idiom

informal
1
used to tell someone to wait or to stop for a brief time
"Aren't you finished yet?" "Just a minute. I'm almost done."
Wait a minute—I didn't hear you. Could you repeat what you said?
Wait just a minute, young man. Where do you think you're going?
2
used to express surprise or disbelief
Hey, wait a minute! That's not what you said yesterday!

Examples of wait/just a minute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Resurrection Christian cut it to one midway through the third quarter, but the Tigers responded with a 10-2 run to push it to nine with just a minute left in the frame. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, 8 Mar. 2024 Mohammed Kudus scored Ghana's opening goal just a minute later for a 1-0 halftime lead. CiarÁn Fahey, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 Bryant Selebangue got the last technical just a minute and a half later, after a battle for a rebound on the UCLA end. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 17 Jan. 2024 Shake it up and wait a minute for the slush to melt before pouring. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 27 Jan. 2024 More people at the bowling alley were placing 911 calls by 6:56 p.m., just a minute later, WGME reported. CBS News, 9 Jan. 2024 Hold his kids' hands as Dad. A Bucks staffer chased Lillard down and asked him to return to the locker room for just a minute, to discuss another performance for the ages. Lori Nickel, Journal Sentinel, 15 Jan. 2024 But wait a minute, power in Hollywood … isn’t that … the Jews? Jonah Platt, Variety, 18 Oct. 2023 So Why Can't Southerners Figure Out What Salad Is? Now wait a minute. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 30 Oct. 2023

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“Wait/just a minute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wait%2Fjust%20a%20minute. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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