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  • The girl rang the bell three minutes ago.
  • Nonsense to only run the Portland Road cars once every seven minutes.

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  • Hanson scowled, and grated, "Just a minute—Pete’s sake—just a min-ute!"
  • By freeing him from halting the car to light a match, it would in a month or two easily save ten minutes.
  • Fifteen minutes after the purple prose of Babbitt’s form-letter, Chester Kirby Laylock, the resident salesman at Glen Oriole, came in to report a sale and submit an advertisement.
  • Two months before, by ruling out a schedule, noting down the hour and minute of each smoke, and ecstatically increasing the intervals between smokes, he had brought himself down to three cigars a day.
  • Ten minutes late!
  • Three minutes later, after Babbitt had wailed, "Well, I don’t know whether I’m going to dress or NOT" in a manner which showed that he was going to dress, the discussion moved on.
  • It was one of the differences between Thompson, the old-fashioned, lean Yankee, rugged, traditional, stage type of American business man, and Babbitt, the plump, smooth, efficient, up-to-the-minute and otherwise perfected modern.
  • I know they enjoyed every minute of it.

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  • He stood on the sleeping-porch and did his day’s exercises: arms out sidewise for two minutes, up for two minutes, while he muttered, "Ought take more exercise; keep in shape;" then went in to see whether his collar needed changing before dinner.
  • He stood on the sleeping-porch and did his day’s exercises: arms out sidewise for two minutes, up for two minutes, while he muttered, "Ought take more exercise; keep in shape;" then went in to see whether his collar needed changing before dinner.
  • What you got to do is to cut out hinting that the minute he gets out of your sight, he’ll go chasing after some petticoat.
  • Needless to say, I’ll fire Graff the minute he comes in.
  • "No, we aren’t—we were seven minutes late, last station."
  • "No, we’re about seven minutes late."
  • "Yuh, that’s right; seven minutes late."
  • He had in fifteen minutes changed from a minor delegate to a personage almost as well known as that diplomat of business, Cecil Rountree.
  • The man from Sparta said he was a "bum singer," and for ten minutes Babbitt quarreled with him, in a loud, unsteady, heroic indignation.
  • The McKelveys were less than fifteen minutes late.
  • Babbitt permitted himself to be ten minutes late.
  • Three minutes had gone by since he had first looked at it.
  • It is true that he hadn’t, in twenty-five years, himself played any baseball except back-lot catch with Ted—very gentle, and strictly limited to ten minutes.
  • Men were feverishly getting rid of visitors in offices adorned with the signs, "This Is My Busy Day" and "The Lord Created the World in Six Days—You Can Spiel All You Got to Say in Six Minutes."
  • II However accustomed to the literary labors of advertisements and correspondence, Babbitt was dismayed on the evening when he sat down to prepare a paper which would take a whole ten minutes to read.
  • Men were hustling to catch trolleys, with another trolley a minute behind, and to leap from the trolleys, to gallop across the sidewalk, to hurl themselves into buildings, into hustling express elevators.
  • For many minutes, for many hours, for a bleak eternity, he lay awake, shivering, reduced to primitive terror, comprehending that he had won freedom, and wondering what he could do with anything so unknown and so embarrassing as freedom.
  • All of them volubly knew, or indignantly desired to know, where all the others had been every minute of the week.
  • He could follow every word; he seemed to take in the sense of things; but a minute afterward he could not have told what he had been reading.
  • A patch of her throat had a minute roughness like the crumbs from a rubber eraser.
  • He used up many minutes in washing his hands; scoured them with gritty kitchen soap; rejoiced in hurting his plump knuckles.
  • He kept a whisky flask in his desk now, and after two minutes of battle he had his drink.
  • It went on for about an hour and seven minutes.
  • But I can take five minutes off and pray with you.
  • Actually, the trial occupied less than fifteen minutes, largely filled with the evidence of doctors that Zilla would recover and that Paul must have been temporarily insane.
  • For fifteen wild minutes she talked, pouring out admonitions to flee the wrath to come, and her face flushed, her dead voice recaptured something of the shrill energy of the old Zilla.
  • In fifteen minutes he was pounding down the prison corridor to a cage where Paul Riesling sat on a cot, twisted like an old beggar, legs crossed, arms in a knot, biting at his clenched fist.
  • They said that Whereas Almighty God in his beneficent mercy had seen fit to remove to a sphere of higher usefulness some thirty-six realtors of the state the past year, Therefore it was the sentiment of this convention assembled that they were sorry God had done it, and the secretary should be, and hereby was, instructed to spread these resolutions on the minutes, and to console the bereaved families by sending them each a copy.
  • Now he was so exhilarated that, to prove he wasn’t, he droned about the office for fifteen minutes, looking at blue-prints, explaining to Miss McGoun that this Mrs. Scott wanted more money for her house—had raised the asking-price—raised it from seven thousand to eighty-five hundred—would Miss McGoun be sure and put it down on the card—Mrs. Scott’s house—raise.
  • …of Zenith, I tell you in all candor, honesty, and sincerity how the issues of this critical campaign appear to one plain man of business—to one who, brought up to the blessings of poverty and of manual labor, has, even when Fate condemned him to sit at a desk, yet never forgotten how it feels, by heck, to be up at five-thirty and at the factory with the ole dinner-pail in his hardened mitt when the whistle blew at seven, unless the owner sneaked in ten minutes on us and blew it early!
  • I think we get in at—no, that was last year’s schedule—wait a minute—let’s see—got a time-table right here."
  • (Twelve minutes of conference on the state of hotels in South Bend, Flint, Dayton, Tulsa, Wichita, Fort Worth, Winona, Erie, Fargo, and Moose Jaw.
  • "Jus’ minute—getting ’phone call," said Dr. Drew in businesslike tones, then, aggressively, to the telephone: " ’Lo—’lo!
  • But after two minutes of shamed and childish longing to sneak home he was snorting, "Certainly I wasn’t trying to get chummy with her!
  • Just take a few minutes—not half as serious as a confinement—and you’ll be all right in a jiffy."

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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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