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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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  • Well, likely it was minutes and minutes that there warn’t a sound, and we all there so close together.
  • Well, likely it was minutes and minutes that there warn’t a sound, and we all there so close together.

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  • This miserableness went on as much as six or seven minutes; but it seemed a sight longer than that.
  • It warn’t no towhead that you could float by in ten minutes.
  • I kept quiet, with my ears cocked, about fifteen minutes, I reckon.
  • I been setting here talking with you all night till you went to sleep about ten minutes ago, and I reckon I done the same.
  • Dad fetch it, how is I gwyne to dream all dat in ten minutes?
  • Jim didn’t say nothing for about five minutes, but set there studying over it.
  • In about five or ten minutes here comes Boggs again, but not on his horse.
  • They done it, and soon as they was aboard I lit out for our towhead, and in about five or ten minutes we heard the dogs and the men away off, shouting.

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  • THE news was all over town in two minutes, and you could see the people tearing down on the run from every which way, some of them putting on their coats as they come.
  • Some men crowded around him and tried to get him to shut up, but he wouldn’t; they told him it would be one o’clock in about fifteen minutes, and so he MUST go home—he must go right away.
  • Den I went into de yuther room, en ’uz gone ’bout ten minutes; en when I come back dah was dat do’ a-stannin’ open YIT, en dat chile stannin’ mos’ right in it, a-lookin’ down and mournin’, en de tears runnin’ down.
  • Then he stood about five minutes, picking tallow-drip off of his candle and thinking.
  • "I know; but you don’t want it but fifteen minutes, to carry the nonnamous letter and shove it under the front door."
  • And when they got there they bent over and looked in the coffin, and took one sight, and then they bust out a-crying so you could a heard them to Orleans, most; and then they put their arms around each other’s necks, and hung their chins over each other’s shoulders; and then for three minutes, or maybe four, I never see two men leak the way they done.
  • Well, whilst they was at it a steamboat landed, and in about two minutes up comes a crowd a-whooping and yelling and laughing and carrying on, and singing out: "HERE’S your opposition line! here’s your two sets o’ heirs to old Peter Wilks—and you pays your money and you takes your choice!"
  • We took and lined her with dough, and set her in the coals, and loaded her up with rag rope, and put on a dough roof, and shut down the lid, and put hot embers on top, and stood off five foot, with the long handle, cool and comfortable, and in fifteen minutes she turned out a pie that was a satisfaction to look at.
  • If we was prisoners it would, because then we’d have as many years as we wanted, and no hurry; and we wouldn’t get but a few minutes to dig, every day, while they was changing watches, and so our hands wouldn’t get blistered, and we could keep it up right along, year in and year out, and do it right, and the way it ought to be done.
  • You want to set on your bed nights before you go to sleep, and early in the mornings, and play your jews-harp; play ’The Last Link is Broken’—that’s the thing that ’ll scoop a rat quicker ’n anything else; and when you’ve played about two minutes you’ll see all the rats, and the snakes, and spiders, and things begin to feel worried about you, and come.
  • …to ask me questions, but I COULDN’T answer them straight, I didn’t know which end of me was up; because these men was in such a fidget now that some was wanting to start right NOW and lay for them desperadoes, and saying it warn’t but a few minutes to midnight; and others was trying to get them to hold on and wait for the sheep-signal; and here was Aunty pegging away at the questions, and me a-shaking all over and ready to sink down in my tracks I was that scared; and the place getting…
  • It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards, neither.

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as in: a minute amount Define
very, very small
as in: keep the minutes Define
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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