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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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  • Within two minutes, or even less, he had forgotten all his troubles.
  • He waylaid other boys as they came, and went on buying tickets of various colors ten or fifteen minutes longer.

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  • Gimme the bucket—I won’t be gone only a a minute.
  • Three —four—five minutes passed, and then Potter began to stir and moan.
  • She observed it, "made a mouth" at him and gave him the back of her head for the space of a minute.
  • Finally a spade struck upon the coffin with a dull woody accent, and within another minute or two the men had hoisted it out on the ground.
  • I wish I may die this minute if I did.
  • Two or three minutes later the murdered man, the blanketed corpse, the lidless coffin, and the open grave were under no inspection but the moon’s.
  • Within five minutes he was dressed and down-stairs, feeling sore and drowsy.
  • He ’pears to know just how long he can torment me before I get my dander up, and he knows if he can make out to put me off for a minute or make me laugh, it’s all down again and I can’t hit him a lick.

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  • A tremendous whack came down on Tom’s shoulders, and its duplicate on Joe’s; and for the space of two minutes the dust continued to fly from the two jackets and the whole school to enjoy it.
  • But only for a minute—only while he could button the flower inside his jacket, next his heart—or next his stomach, possibly, for he was not much posted in anatomy, and not hypercritical, anyway.
  • In an instant both boys were rolling and tumbling in the dirt, gripped together like cats; and for the space of a minute they tugged and tore at each other’s hair and clothes, punched and scratched each other’s nose, and covered themselves with dust and glory.
  • A minute or two later the skiff’s head was standing high up, against the boat’s swell, and the voyage was begun.
  • She put the jacket away, and stood by musing a minute.
  • CHAPTER XV A FEW minutes later Tom was in the shoal water of the bar, wading toward the Illinois shore.
  • At the end of a long twelve or fifteen minutes the wheels stopped, and Tom slipped overboard and swam ashore in the dusk, landing fifty yards downstream, out of danger of possible stragglers.
  • While Joe was slicing bacon for breakfast, Tom and Huck asked him to hold on a minute; they stepped to a promising nook in the river-bank and threw in their lines; almost immediately they had reward.
  • Tom stirred up the other pirates and they all clattered away with a shout, and in a minute or two were stripped and chasing after and tumbling over each other in the shallow limpid water of the white sandbar.
  • Injun Joe repeated his statement, just as calmly, a few minutes afterward on the inquest, under oath; and the boys, seeing that the lightnings were still withheld, were confirmed in their belief that Joe had sold himself to the devil.
  • It will be dark in fifteen minutes —and then let them follow us if they want to.
  • Three minutes later the old man and his sons, well armed, were up the hill, and just entering the sumach path on tiptoe, their weapons in their hands.
  • You just wait a minute.
  • The alarm swept from lip to lip, from group to group, from street to street, and within five minutes the bells were wildly clanging and the whole town was up!
  • Silence, for a minute.
  • People said it was heartbreaking to hear her call her child, and raise her head and listen a whole minute at a time, then lay it wearily down again with a moan.
  • Lemme think a minute.
  • CHAPTER XXXIII WITHIN a few minutes the news had spread, and a dozen skiff-loads of men were on their way to McDougal’s cave, and the ferryboat, well filled with passengers, soon followed.
  • Some minutes later the widow’s guests were at the supper-table, and a dozen children were propped up at little side-tables in the same room, after the fashion of that country and that day.
  • Becky resumed her picture inspections with Alfred, but as the minutes dragged along and no Tom came to suffer, her triumph began to cloud and she lost interest; gravity and absent-mindedness followed, and then melancholy; two or three times she pricked up her ear at a footstep, but it was a false hope; no Tom came.
  • The captive had broken off the stalagmite, and upon the stump had placed a stone, wherein he had scooped a shallow hollow to catch the precious drop that fell once in every three minutes with the dreary regularity of a clock-tick—a dessertspoonful once in four and twenty hours.
  • He began after this fashion: "Now, children, I want you all to sit up just as straight and pretty as you can and give me all your attention for a minute or two.
  • Tom pressed his fingers on his forehead an anxious minute, and then said: "I’ve got it now!
  • We’ve got to do it to-night, too, because if somebody sees these holes they’ll know in a minute what’s here and they’ll go for it."
  • There’s an old rusty pick over amongst the weeds in the corner the other side of the fireplace—I saw it a minute ago."
  • Just you lay quiet here and watch the stuff till I run and hook Benny Taylor’s little wagon; I won’t be gone a minute."

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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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