wait/just a minute

idiom

Definition of wait/just a minute

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 disbeliefHey, wait a minute! That's not what you said yesterday!

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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 13 Aug. 2020.

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