wait a minute/moment/second

wait a minute/moment/second
wait a minute/moment/second
1
— used to tell someone to stop and wait briefly

Wait a minute. I need to tie my shoe.

Please wait one moment while I take this call.

If you would just wait a second, I could explain what happened.

2
— used to interrupt someone or something because you have noticed, thought of, or remembered something

Wait a second–that's not what she said.

Wait a minute. I just remembered where I put the keys.

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Main Entry:wait

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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