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Death of a Salesman
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  • BIFF: Missed you every minute.
  • Suddenly I realize I’m goin’ sixty miles an hour and I don’t remember the last five minutes.

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  • Wait a minute, I’ve got a pencil.
  • BEN: I only have a few minutes.
  • But I’ve only a few minutes— WILLY: No!
  • HAPPY [grabbing BIFF, shouts]: Wait a minute! I got an idea.
  • WILLY: That really is— HOWARD: Wait a minute!
  • No . HOWARD: Geez, you had me worried there for a minute.
  • WILLY [angrily]: Business is definitely business, but just listen for a minute.
  • Sit down, take five minutes, and pull yourself together, and then go home, will ya? I need the office, Willy.

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  • I’m going to Washington in a few minutes.
  • Can we talk a minute?
  • You got a minute?
  • BIFF: I just saw Oliver— HAPPY: Wait a minute.
  • I saw him for one minute.
  • BIFF: Dad, will you give me a minute to explain?
  • I’ve been knocking for five minutes, I called you on the phone— WILLY: I just heard you.
  • [To WILLY] We never told the truth for ten minutes in this house!
  • WILLY [taking her in his arms]: In a few minutes, Linda.
  • What am I doing in an office, making a contemptuous, begging fool of myself, when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am!
  • WILLY: Two minutes.
  • So I went on again—and five minutes later I’m dreamin’ again, and I nearly—[He presses two fingers against his eyes.
  • ] CHARLEY: Wait a minute, didn’t you hear the news?
  • ] Wait a minute.
  • ] I want to, just for a minute.

  • There are no more uses of "minuteness" in the play.

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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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