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as in: a minute amount Define
very, very small
  • Carol understood that Vida believed herself to have recited minutely and brazenly a story of intimate love; understood that, in alarm, she was trying to cover her shame as she struggled on, "Liked him in the most honorable way—simply can't help it if I still see things through his eyes——If I gave him up, I certainly am not beyond my rights in demanding that you take care to avoid even the appearance of evil and——"

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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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  • The young matrons discussed the intimacies of domesticity with a frankness and a minuteness which dismayed Carol.
  • Trouble enough with these foreign farmers; if you don't watch these Swedes they turn socialist or populist or some fool thing on you in a minute.

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  • Ensued a fifteen-minute argument about the oldest topic in the world: It's art but is it pretty?
  • And the penalty we tribal rulers pay is that our subjects watch us every minute.
  • But the poor dear, he's absent-minded about minute—minush—whatever the word is.
  • You never thought about that mistress stuff till just this minute!
  • If that's the way you feel, if I'm such a hindrance to you, I can't stay under this roof another minute.
  • And at the beginning of the whole fracas I said—I've said right along—that we ought to have entered the war the minute Germany invaded Belgium.
  • Of these there were two sorts: careless young women who admitted that they intended to leave the "beastly classroom and grubby children" the minute they had a chance to marry; and studious, sometimes bulbous-browed and pop-eyed maidens who at class prayer-meetings requested God to "guide their feet along the paths of greatest usefulness."
  • "Tell you, Maud: I'll drop in just for a minute, if I happen to be called down that way."

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  • I suppose right this minute he's going around town boasting about his 'conquest.'
  • Had she for one minute left this scraping sound of the small shovel in the ash-pit of the furnace?
  • London—I spent three days, sixteen straight hours a day, giving London the once-over, and let me tell you that it's nothing but a bunch of fog and out-of-date buildings that no live American burg would stand for one minute.
  • But without the protection of Kennicott's presence she did not go to the Jolly Seventeen; she delivered herself to the judgment of the town only when she went shopping and on the ritualistic occasions of formal afternoon calls, when Mrs. Lyman Cass or Mrs. George Edwin Mott, with clean gloves and minute handkerchiefs and sealskin card-cases and countenances of frozen approbation, sat on the edges of chairs and inquired, "Do you find Gopher Prairie pleasing?"
  • They examined Del's makeup box, they sniffed the scent of grease-paint, every minute they ran out to peep through the hole in the curtain, they came back to inspect their wigs and costumes, they read on the whitewashed walls of the dressing-rooms the pencil inscriptions: "The Flora Flanders Comedy Company," and "This is a bum theater," and felt that they were companions of these vanished troupers.
  • But can't we sit on a log for a minute and just listen?"

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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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