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To Kill a Mockingbird
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as in: a minute amount Define
very, very small
  • [T]his case ... requires no minute sifting of complicated facts,
  • It was the kind of box wedding rings came in, purple velvet with a minute catch.

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  • She called us by all our names, and when she grinned she revealed two minute gold prongs clipped to her eyeteeth.

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  • Don’t eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
  • Even a minute amount of lead can be harmful to children.

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unspecified meaning
  • Jem’s free dispensation of my pledge irked me, but precious noontime minutes were ticking away.
  • Minutes later, it seemed, I was awakened by someone shaking me.

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  • When the new wore off his grandfather’s watch, and carrying it became a day’s burdensome task, Jem no longer felt the necessity of ascertaining the hour every five minutes.
  • As the year passed, released from school thirty minutes before Jem, who had to stay until three o’clock, I ran by the Radley Place as fast as I could, not stopping until I reached the safety of our front porch.
  • At the time, however, I thought the only explanation for what he did was that for a few minutes he simply went mad.
  • Jem read for perhaps twenty minutes, during which time I looked at the soot-stained mantelpiece, out the window, anywhere to keep from looking at her.
  • Exactly fourteen minutes past five.
  • She died a few minutes ago.
  • As we grew older, Jem and I thought it generous to allow Atticus thirty minutes to himself after supper.
  • Dill’s face appeared at the screen, disappeared, and five minutes later he unhooked the screen and crawled out.

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  • So serene was Judge Taylor’s court, that he had few occasions to use his gavel, but he hammered fully five minutes.
  • We’ll take ten minutes.
  • It suddenly came to me that each day we had been staying a little longer at Mrs. Dubose’s, that the alarm clock went off a few minutes later every day, and that she was well into one of her fits by the time it sounded.
  • He’s been at it ’bout five minutes.
  • Well, from the way you put it, it’d just take five minutes.
  • An inevitable verdict, maybe, but usually it takes ’cause just a few minutes.
  • It took a few minutes to work the candy into a comfortable wad inside my jaw.
  • ’bout thirty minutes.
  • He went to the court reporter, said something, and the reporter entertained us for some minutes by reading Mr. Tate’s testimony as if it were stock-market quotations: "…which eye her left oh yes that’d make it her right it was her right eye Mr. Finch I remember now she was bunged."
  • I had sat there perhaps five minutes when I heard Aunt Alexandra speak: "Where’s Francis?
  • There was already bruises comin’ on her arms, and it happened about thirty minutes before-"
  • … ’n’ all of a sudden he just relaxed all over, an’ it looked like that gun was a part of him… an’ he did it so quick, like… I hafta aim for ten minutes ’fore I can hit somethin’…."
  • Calpurnia’s on an errand for a few minutes, Grace," said Miss Maudie.

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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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