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minuteness
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Great Expectations
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  • "Stop a minute, though," he said, wheeling round before we had gone many paces.
  • In another minute we were outside the gate, and it was locked, and Estella was gone.

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  • I was standing by a minute, on the chance of company.
  • There we were stopped a few minutes by a signal from the sergeant’s hand, while two or three of his men dispersed themselves among the graves, and also examined the porch.
  • Biddy, who was the most obliging of girls, immediately said she would, and indeed began to carry out her promise within five minutes.
  • Like the clock in Miss Havisham’s room, and like Miss Havisham’s watch, it had stopped at twenty minutes to nine.
  • When Joe went home at five minutes before ten, he found her struck down on the floor, and promptly called in assistance.
  • The interview lasted but a few minutes, and she gave me a guinea when I was going, and told me to come again on my next birthday.
  • It was when I stood before her, avoiding her eyes, that I took note of the surrounding objects in detail, and saw that her watch had stopped at twenty minutes to nine, and that a clock in the room had stopped at twenty minutes to nine.
  • It was when I stood before her, avoiding her eyes, that I took note of the surrounding objects in detail, and saw that her watch had stopped at twenty minutes to nine, and that a clock in the room had stopped at twenty minutes to nine.

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  • My hown cuthen’th gone to Mithter Wemmick at thith prethent minute, to hoffer him hany termth.
  • I’ll speak in half a minute.
  • Give me half a minute, please.
  • At twenty minutes to nine?
  • And it gained its point after all, for I saw it through the window within a few minutes, being nursed by little Jane.
  • As I was taking my departure, he asked me if I would like to devote five minutes to seeing Mr. Jaggers "at it?"
  • I am confident that it took no distinctness of shape, and that it was the revival for a few minutes of the terror of childhood.
  • We were at Newgate in a few minutes, and we passed through the lodge where some fetters were hanging up on the bare walls among the prison rules, into the interior of the jail.
  • That did not extend to me, she told me in a gush of love and confidence (at that time, I had known her something less than five minutes); if they were all like Me, it would be quite another thing.
  • There I stood, for minutes, looking at Joe, already at work with a glow of health and strength upon his face that made it show as if the bright sun of the life in store for him were shining on it.
  • Before I had been standing at the window five minutes, they somehow conveyed to me that they were all toadies and humbugs, but that each of them pretended not to know that the others were toadies and humbugs: because the admission that he or she did know it, would have made him or her out to be a toady and humbug.
  • I forgot myself half a minute ago.
  • Muzzled I have been since that half a minute when I was betrayed into lowness, muzzled I am at the present time, muzzled I ever will be.
  • It was soon done, and the boat was brought round to the Temple stairs, and lay where I could reach her within a minute or two.
  • If I dozed for a minute, I was awakened by Miss Havisham’s cries, and by her running at me with all that height of fire above her head.
  • In a few minutes she had ascended out of that clear field, in among the piled mountains of cloud.
  • By that time it wanted but ten minutes of one o’clock, and we began to look out for her smoke.
  • Startop could make out, after a few minutes, which steamer was first, and gave me the word "Hamburg," in a low voice, as we sat face to face.
  • Now let me go up and look at my old little room, and rest there a few minutes by myself.
  • Mr. Pocket, with the normal perplexity of his face heightened and his hair rumpled, looked at them for some minutes, as if he couldn’t make out how they came to be boarding and lodging in that establishment, and why they hadn’t been billeted by Nature on somebody else.
  • It was the sole resource; for he told me that the case must be over in five minutes when the witness was there, and that no power on earth could prevent its going against us.
  • Our oarsmen were so fresh, by dint of having occasionally let her drive with the tide for a minute or two, that a quarter of an hour’s rest proved full as much as they wanted.
  • In short, I shouldn’t greatly deceive you," Joe added, after a little grave reflection, "if I represented to you that the word of that young woman were, ’without a minute’s loss of time.’
  • For all that I knew this perfectly well, I still felt as if it were not safe to let the coach-office be out of my sight longer than five minutes at a time; and in this condition of unreason I had performed the first half-hour of a watch of four or five hours, when Wemmick ran against me.
  • The letter was signed Trabb & Co., and its contents were simply, that I was an honored sir, and that they begged to inform me that Mrs. J. Gargery had departed this life on Monday last at twenty minutes past six in the evening, and that my attendance was requested at the interment on Monday next at three o’clock in the afternoon.
  • "Well," said Joe, glancing up at the Dutch clock, "she’s been on the Ram-page, this last spell, about five minutes, Pip.
  • …it on his legs and cutting his food,—of lifting light glasses and cups to his lips, as if they were clumsy pannikins,—of chopping a wedge off his bread, and soaking up with it the last fragments of gravy round and round his plate, as if to make the most of an allowance, and then drying his finger-ends on it, and then swallowing it,—in these ways and a thousand other small nameless instances arising every minute in the day, there was Prisoner, Felon, Bondsman, plain as plain could be.
  • "At the hour and minute," said Herbert, nodding, "at which she afterwards stopped all the clocks.
  • —It is of no use," said Biddy, laying her hand upon my arm, as I was for running out, "you know I would not deceive you; he was not there a minute, and he is gone."
  • "So he says," resumed the convict I had recognized,—"it was all said and done in half a minute, behind a pile of timber in the Dock-yard,—’You’re a going to be discharged?’
  • "Us two being now alone," resumed Joe, "and me having the intentions and abilities to stay not many minutes more, I will now conclude—leastways begin—to mention what have led to my having had the present honor.
  • "He rested pretty quiet till it might want a few minutes of five, and then he starts up with a scream, and screams out, ’Here she is!
  • "Though, look’ee here, Pip’s comrade," he said to Herbert, after having discoursed for some time, "I know very well that once since I come back—for half a minute—I’ve been low.

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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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