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minuteness
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The Fountainhead
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  • Oh, wait a minute, Mother!
  • Get up this minute!

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  • Come on to the kitchen, this minute, I’ll see what I can fix up for you!
  • Everything’s important with you, everything’s great, significant in some way, every minute, even when you keep still.
  • You can go right back to work here this very minute.
  • You saw how he is, that madman can change his mind sixty times a minute.
  • Think of yourself for an hour, but give one minute to the thought of others….
  • He stood before it for a correct number of minutes, scalding his lips with the hot liquid that smelled of cloves.
  • The young men whom he did not know stood about for a few minutes, trying to be included in the conversation by smiling blankly, then wandered off.
  • The performance had not lasted five minutes.

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  • Mind if I sit down for a few minutes?
  • It was best not to trust his voice for a few minutes.
  • You see, it was like this: I didn’t think Uncle would let me come here tonight, but at the last minute he said I could if I wanted to, and that I could help with the pamphlets.
  • Within twenty minutes he left Roark at a drafting table with paper, pencils, instruments, a set of plans and photographs of the department store, a set of charts and a long list of instructions.
  • He concentrated fiercely on the few minutes at hand, when he was in an office, forgetting everything else; he forgot these minutes when he left the office; it had to be done, it had been done, it concerned him no longer.
  • He concentrated fiercely on the few minutes at hand, when he was in an office, forgetting everything else; he forgot these minutes when he left the office; it had to be done, it had been done, it concerned him no longer.
  • But after a few minutes, it became simple and easy, the thought of the gun vanished, and even his desire for the building; it was not a commission to get and he was not there to get it; he was only speaking of buildings.
  • He thought he would allow himself to rest, just to rest blankly like this for a few minutes, before he would begin to think of what the date on the telephone notice had been and in what way he could manage to last until Monday.
  • But I will live for you, through every minute and every shameful act I take, I will live for you in my own way, in the only way I can.
  • Just one more minute of it and I will feel happy, he thought, concentrating.
  • Just ignore me for a minute, will you?
  • Come here a minute, will you?
  • He chose them from among many applicants, merely by glancing at their drawings for a few minutes.
  • Some of them had come prepared to pity him; all of them hated him after the first few minutes.
  • It was an anonymous moment; a few minutes ago, he had held a toothbrush in that hand; now he held a gun with the same casual indifference.
  • "Good morning, Senator," he said when the gentleman came on the wire within two minutes.
  • He listened silently for fifteen minutes.
  • Wynand spoke for twenty minutes and said nothing at all; but he conveyed the impression that he supported every sentiment expressed at the meeting.
  • He uttered an expression that struck her white and made her blush fifteen minutes later, when she grasped it fully.
  • You were supposed to do that several minutes ago.
  • The employees tried to obey the rule as best they could; but they preferred three hours of overtime to ten minutes of working under his silent observation.
  • When Roark left, Dominique stood counting the minutes, to be certain that he would be lost to sight in the streets before she could trust herself to go out.
  • Then he said, Wait a minute, and he read it again, he looked up, very puzzled, but not angry at all, and he said, if you read it one way…but on the other hand…
  • He refused once more when, at the end of his conference, his secretary informed him that Mr. Ralston Holcombe most urgently requested two minutes of his time on the telephone.
  • He did not feel the minutes passing, but he felt time as a solid thing enclosed and kept apart within the room; time clear of all meaning save the unmoving reality of his body.
  • He made a personal appearance each evening, for a week, on the stage of the Cosmo Theater, with the first run of the latest Cosmo-Slotnick special; he bowed over the footlights, slim and graceful in a black tuxedo, and he spoke for two minutes on the significance of architecture.
  • Within five minutes the secretary was discharged, and within ten minutes he was walking out of the office, as ordered, in the middle of a busy day, a letter left half typed in his machine.
  • Within five minutes the secretary was discharged, and within ten minutes he was walking out of the office, as ordered, in the middle of a busy day, a letter left half typed in his machine.
  • We can use a reservoir like that and…Wait a minute.
  • You seem to hear everything I say a minute in advance.
  • I got home and just felt I couldn’t keep my clothes on another minute.
  • Oh, any kind of last-minute drafting.
  • The explosion of Cortlandt had lasted half a minute.
  • I came here to say that I do not recognize anyone’s right to one minute of my life.
  • In a few minutes he had an appointment with an architect.
  • When she was found by the men of the first police car to reach the scene, she was unconscious, a few minutes’ worth of life left in her body.
  • "Go on to bed," he would say to Roark and Dominique, "I’ll come up in a few minutes."
  • Have them all out of the building in fifteen minutes.
  • He thought, I still have a few minutes in which not to know.
  • Do forgive me, I know this is in utterly bad taste, but I’ve waited for it for thirteen years and I think I can permit myself five minutes as a reward.
  • Wait a minute, waitress.
  • You’ll have to get yourself an ironclad contract with your bosses and then fight every bureaucrat that comes along every five minutes for the next year or more.
  • Then Roark’s arm went back and up, over his head, slowly, as if gathering the weight of air in the crook of his elbow; it was only a flash, but it seemed to last for minutes, the arm stood lifted and still—then it slashed forward, the plaque shot across the room and burst to pieces against the wall.
  • A sea of faces, young, perspiring and eager, had been raised solemnly—for forty-five minutes—to the platform where Guy Francon had held forth as the speaker at the commencement exercises of the Stanton Institute of Technology, Guy Francon who had brought his own person from New York for the occasion; Guy Francon, of the illustrious firm of Francon & Heyer, vice-president of the Architects’ Guild of America, member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, member of the National Fine…
  • …of his position; the quiet elegance of his overcoat, the angle of his hat, the confidence of his posture, tense and casual together, made one think of the Wynand empire; of the presses thundering from ocean to ocean, of the papers, the lustrous magazine covers, the light rays trembling through newsreels, the wires coiling over the world, the power flowing into every palace, every capital, every secret, crucial room, day and night, through every costly minute of this man’s life.
  • He said: "It is ten minutes to nine.

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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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