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jiffy | jiff

Meaning: a moment, a very short time

For example:

  • Just a moment. I've got to see John for a sec but I'll be back in a jiffy.

  • I'll be with you in a jiff. I just need to take this call first.

Quick Quiz:

If someone says they'll be back in a jiffy, or in a jiff, you can expect to wait for
  1. a minute or two
  2. ten or fifteen minutes
  3. about half an hour

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