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minuteness
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Treasure Island
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  • We were not many minutes on the road, though we sometimes stopped to lay hold of each other and hearken.
  • Once out upon the road, Black Dog, in spite of his wound, showed a wonderful clean pair of heels and disappeared over the edge of the hill in half a minute.

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  • So much I saw, almost in a dream, for I had not yet recovered from my horrid fear of a minute or two before.
  • And that was plainly the last signal of danger, for the buccaneers turned at once and ran, separating in every direction, one seaward along the cove, one slant across the hill, and so on, so that in half a minute not a sign of them remained but Pew.
  • We’re outnumbered, I needn’t tell you that, but we fight in shelter; and a minute ago I should have said we fought with discipline.
  • The plunge of our anchor sent up clouds of birds wheeling and crying over the woods, but in less than a minute they were down again and all was once more silent.
  • Meanwhile the schooner gradually fell off and filled again upon another tack, sailed swiftly for a minute or so, and brought up once more dead in the wind’s eye.
  • We skimmed before it like a bird, the coast of the island flashing by and the view changing every minute.
  • It was a two-guinea piece, and it went from hand to hand among them for a quarter of a minute.
  • In half a minute he had reached the port scuppers and picked, out of a coil of rope, a long knife, or rather a short dirk, discoloured to the hilt with blood.

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  • In three minutes I had the HISPANIOLA sailing easily before the wind along the coast of Treasure Island, with good hopes of turning the northern point ere noon and beating down again as far as North Inlet before high water, when we might beach her safely and wait till the subsiding tide permitted us to land.
  • All I ask is your word, Cap’n Smollett, to let me safe and sound out of this here stockade, and one minute to get out o’ shot before a gun is fired."

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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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