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The Great Gatsby
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  • We talked for a few minutes on the sunny porch.
  • I said lightly that I had heard nothing at all, and a few minutes later I got up to go home.

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  • In the ditch beside the road, right side up, but violently shorn of one wheel, rested a new coupe which had left Gatsby’s drive not two minutes before.
  • Among the broken fragments of the last five minutes at table I remember the candles being lit again, pointlessly, and I was conscious of wanting to look squarely at every one, and yet to avoid all eyes.
  • I liked to walk up Fifth Avenue and pick out romantic women from the crowd and imagine that in a few minutes I was going to enter into their lives, and no one would ever know or disapprove.
  • Don’t be silly; it’s just two minutes to four.
  • I hadn’t been there two minutes when somebody brought Tom Buchanan in for a drink.
  • It transpired after a confused five minutes that the man had heard Gatsby’s name around his office in a connection which he either wouldn’t reveal or didn’t fully understand.
  • He went out of the room calling "Ewing!" and returned in a few minutes accompanied by an embarrassed, slightly worn young man, with shell-rimmed glasses and scanty blond hair.
  • I sat down for a few minutes with my head in my hands, until I heard the phone taken up inside and the butler’s voice calling a taxi.

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  • Twelve minutes to my train.
  • I called Gatsby’s house a few minutes later, but the line was busy.
  • Still later Michaelis had to ask the last stranger to wait there fifteen minutes longer, while he went back to his own place and made a pot of coffee.
  • They got a circular from New York giving ’cause the numbers just five minutes before.

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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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