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as in: a minute amount Define
very, very small
  • He described minutely how he had taken her keys, what they were like, as well as the chest and its contents; he explained the mystery of Lizaveta's murder; described how Koch and, after him, the student knocked, and repeated all they had said to one another; how he afterwards had run downstairs and heard Nikolay and Dmitri shouting; how he had hidden in the empty flat and afterwards gone home.

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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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  • But a minute later his face suddenly changed and with a certain assumed slyness and affectation of bravado, he glanced at Raskolnikov, laughed and said:
  • A minute later the letter was brought him.

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  • "She'll fall in a minute, mates, there will soon be an end of her," said an admiring spectator in the crowd.
  • The iron strip was added to give weight, so that the woman might not guess the first minute that the "thing" was made of wood.
  • He stood still, thought a minute and went on.
  • Half a minute later he rang again, more loudly.
  • A minute passed; he even fancied something like a sneer in her eyes, as though she had already guessed everything.
  • But why, my good sir, all of a minute….
  • He had not a minute more to lose.
  • Then again dead silence for a minute or two.

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  • The feeling of loathing especially surged up within him and grew stronger every minute.
  • Raskolnikov gazed in horror at the hook shaking in its fastening, and in blank terror expected every minute that the fastening would be pulled out.
  • Time was passing, one minute, and another—no one came.
  • The latter glanced at it, said: "Wait a minute," and went on attending to the lady in mourning.
  • The assistant superintendent was so furious that for the first minute he could only splutter inarticulately.
  • "Hadn't I better think a minute?" flashed through his mind.
  • Stay a minute, you sweep!
  • But of _that_—of _that_ he had no recollection, and yet every minute he felt that he had forgotten something he ought to remember.
  • But in another minute the beer had gone to his head, and a faint and even pleasant shiver ran down his spine.
  • The latter sank back on the pillows and for a minute or two said nothing.
  • The minute was so chosen that it was impossible to refuse, and the visitor squeezed his way through, hurrying and stumbling.
  • I am expecting your mamma and sister any minute.
  • He made up his mind to take leave in another minute or two.
  • Razumihin thought a minute and ran to overtake him.
  • A minute later he was in the street.
  • This lasted for half a minute; he knew what he was doing, but could not restrain himself.
  • If he had cared to think a little, he would have been amazed indeed that he could have talked to them like that a minute before, forcing his feelings upon them.
  • What struck Zametov afterwards as the strangest part of it all was that silence followed for exactly a minute, and that they gazed at one another all the while.
  • Any minute.
  • Drawing a breath, pressing his hand against his throbbing heart, and once more feeling for the axe and setting it straight, he began softly and cautiously ascending the stairs, listening every minute.
  • But at the first turning he stopped and, after a minute's thought, turned into a side street and went two streets out of his way, possibly without any object, or possibly to delay a minute and gain time.
  • But at the first turning he stopped and, after a minute's thought, turned into a side street and went two streets out of his way, possibly without any object, or possibly to delay a minute and gain time.
  • He felt that he was losing his head, that he was almost frightened, so frightened that if she were to look like that and not say a word for another half minute, he thought he would have run away from her.
  • For half a minute both were silent.
  • "Come, mamma, come out of the room at least for a minute," Dounia whispered in dismay; "we are distressing him, that's evident."
  • The minute I've taken you home, I'll pour a couple of pailfuls of water over my head in the gutter here, and then I shall be all right….
  • I…. have come for one minute.
  • Well, you may believe it or not, but as soon as she came in, that very minute, I felt that she was the chief cause of the trouble….
  • One minute, Sofya Semyonovna.
  • There was a minute of gloomy silence.
  • The man noticed him at once, looked at him quickly, but dropped his eyes again; and so they walked for a minute side by side without uttering a word.
  • Say what you like, there's something wrong with you, and now, too…. not this very minute, I mean, but now, generally….
  • She comes, speaks to me for a minute and goes out at the door—always at the door.
  • For a minute they were silent.
  • Razumihin thought a minute.
  • "At such a minute?" cried Razumihin.
  • For a minute they were looking at one another in silence.
  • Razumihin remembered that minute all his life.
  • At one minute she is worrying like a child that everything should be right to-morrow, the lunch and all that….
  • "Listen," he added, turning to her a minute later.
  • A minute later when he was talking of something else he took it from the table and put it on his bureau.
  • At last he got up, took his cap, thought a minute, and went to the door.
  • And you stay a minute.
  • Another minute passed.
  • He stopped there while the porter and others were going upstairs, waited till they were out of hearing, and then went calmly downstairs at the very minute when Dmitri and Nikolay ran out into the street and there was no one in the entry; possibly he was seen, but not noticed.
  • A minute passed.
  • Later on, when he recalled that time and all that happened to him during those days, minute by minute, point by point, he was superstitiously impressed by one circumstance, which, though in itself not very exceptional, always seemed to him afterwards the predestined turning-point of his fate.
  • Later on, when he recalled that time and all that happened to him during those days, minute by minute, point by point, he was superstitiously impressed by one circumstance, which, though in itself not very exceptional, always seemed to him afterwards the predestined turning-point of his fate.
  • A minute later Sonia, too, came in with the candle, set down the candlestick and, completely disconcerted, stood before him inexpressibly agitated and apparently frightened by his unexpected visit.
  • What generous impulses he has, and how simply, how delicately he put an end to all the misunderstanding with his sister—simply by holding out his hand at the right minute and looking at her like that….
  • All these facts she gave with extraordinary minuteness.
  • He waved his hand weakly to Razumihin to cut short the flow of warm and incoherent consolations he was addressing to his mother and sister, took them both by the hand and for a minute or two gazed from one to the other without speaking.
  • In another minute she would have been ready to make a scene.
  • At that minute the door opened, and Pyotr Petrovitch Luzhin appeared on the threshold.
  • I cannot have made a mistake in my reckoning, for the minute before your entrance I had finished my accounts and found the total correct.
  • I'll go to our Sovereign, to our Sovereign, to our gracious Tsar himself, and throw myself at his feet, to-day, this minute!
  • But for the first minute she felt it too bitter.
  • "What, silence again?" he asked a minute later.
  • "Then how do you know about it?" she asked again, hardly audibly and again after a minute's pause.
  • "Listen," he began a minute later, "stop crying, it's time to talk of the facts: I've come to tell you that the police are after me, on my track…."
  • "Don't be angry, brother; I've only come for one minute," said Dounia.
  • I saw the same thing with a relative of my own not long ago…. nearly a pint of blood, all in a minute….
  • At times she shuddered, turned her eyes from side to side, recognised everyone for a minute, but at once sank into delirium again.
  • Razumihin paused for a minute.
  • Raskolnikov was dumbfounded for a minute, but only for one minute.
  • Raskolnikov was dumbfounded for a minute, but only for one minute.
  • And what made you come at that very minute?
  • I didn't believe in the thunderbolt, not for a minute.
  • Raskolnikov thought a minute.
  • For a full minute he scrutinised his face, which had impressed him before.
  • Well, she flushes like a sunset and I kiss her every minute.
  • Svidrigailov was not however very drunk, the wine had affected him for a moment, but it was passing off every minute.
  • Again they stood for a minute facing each other.
  • A minute later, beside herself, she ran out on to the canal bank in the direction of X. Bridge.
  • There were flashes of lightning every minute and each flash lasted while one could count five.
  • "It's the best minute; I couldn't choose a better."
  • A minute later he was in the street.
  • For some days she had realised that something awful was happening to her son and that now some terrible minute had come for him.
  • For a minute he gazed at the delicate expressive face of his betrothed, kissed the portrait and gave it to Dounia.
  • A minute later he had forgotten him and did not see him, though he still stared.
  • He stood still a minute, grinned and went back to the police office.
  • Both looked at one another for a minute and waited.
  • It only meant that that minute had come.
  • She paused a minute.
  • His sensations that moment were terribly like the moment when he had stood over the old woman with the axe in his hand and felt that "he must not lose another minute."
  • A minute later Lebeziatnikov, too, appeared in the doorway; he did not come in, but stood still, listening with marked interest, almost wonder, and seemed for a time perplexed.
  • He knew, he knew perfectly well that at that moment they were at the flat, that they were greatly astonished at finding it unlocked, as the door had just been fastened, that by now they were looking at the bodies, that before another minute had passed they would guess and completely realise that the murderer had just been there, and had succeeded in hiding somewhere, slipping by them and escaping.
  • The porter and Koch and Pestryakov and the other porter and the wife of the first porter and the woman who was sitting in the porter's lodge and the man Kryukov, who had just got out of a cab at that minute and went in at the entry with a lady on his arm, that is eight or ten witnesses, agree that Nikolay had Dmitri on the ground, was lying on him beating him, while Dmitri hung on to his hair, beating him, too.
  • But why, he was always asking himself, why had such an important, such a decisive and at the same time such an absolutely chance meeting happened in the Hay Market (where he had moreover no reason to go) at the very hour, the very minute of his life when he was just in the very mood and in the very circumstances in which that meeting was able to exert the gravest and most decisive influence on his whole destiny?
  • "Of course," he muttered to himself a minute later with a feeling of self-abasement, "of course, all these infamies can never be wiped out or smoothed over…. and so it's useless even to think of it, and I must go to them in silence and do my duty…. in silence, too…. and not ask forgiveness, and say nothing…. for all is lost now!"
  • I would have given a thousand roubles at that minute to have seen you with my own eyes, when you walked a hundred paces beside that workman, after he had called you murderer to your face, and you did not dare to ask him a question all the way.
  • Amalia Ivanovna ran about the room, shouting at the top of her voice, that she was mistress of the house and that Katerina Ivanovna should leave the lodgings that minute; then she rushed for some reason to collect the silver spoons from the table.
  • "The loaf I'll fetch you this very minute, but wouldn't you rather have some cabbage soup instead of sausage?
  • We were left alone, she suddenly flung herself on my neck (for the first time of her own accord), put her little arms round me, kissed me, and vowed that she would be an obedient, faithful, and good wife, would make me happy, would devote all her life, every minute of her life, would sacrifice everything, everything, and that all she asks in return is my respect, and that she wants 'nothing, nothing more from me, no presents.'
  • Well, I must tell you that I worried myself fearfully over that 'question' so that I was awfully ashamed when I guessed at last (all of a sudden, somehow) that it would not have given him the least pang, that it would not even have struck him that it was not monumental…. that he would not have seen that there was anything in it to pause over, and that, if he had had no other way, he would have strangled her in a minute without thinking about it!
  • Yes, better throw it away," he repeated, sitting down on the sofa again, "and at once, this minute, without lingering…."
  • That's what I've forgotten, as though on purpose; forgotten it all at once, I remembered a minute ago."
  • In spite of her continual anxiety that the dishes should be passed round correctly and that everyone should taste them, in spite of the agonising cough which interrupted her every minute and seemed to have grown worse during the last few days, she hastened to pour out in a half whisper to Raskolnikov all her suppressed feelings and her just indignation at the failure of the dinner, interspersing her remarks with lively and uncontrollable laughter at the expense of her visitors and…
  • … Wait a minute, I'll fetch Zossimov."
  • They are in debt for the lodging, but the landlady, I hear, said to-day that she wanted to get rid of them, and Katerina Ivanovna says that she won't stay another minute."
  • Why did I let her know?" he cried a minute later in despair, looking with infinite anguish at her.
  • Wait a minute, I'd forgotten!"
  • ) "Go at once, this very minute, stand at the cross-roads, bow down, first kiss the earth which you have defiled and then bow down to all the world and say to all men aloud, 'I am a murderer!'
  • "You'd better tell me this," Pyotr Petrovitch interrupted with haughty displeasure, "can you…. or rather are you really friendly enough with that young person to ask her to step in here for a minute?
  • "I saw it, I saw it," Lebeziatnikov repeated, "and though it is against my principles, I am ready this very minute to take any oath you like before the court, for I saw how you slipped it in her pocket.

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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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