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just a moment | just a minute

This page is about the conversational phrase just a moment | just a minute

Meaning

You can say this if you want somebody to wait for a very short time.

For example

  • "Can I speak to the manager, please?"
    "Just a minute, sir. I'll see if she's available."

  • We were playing cards when Jack's phone rang. "Just a moment," he said. "I have to take this."

Note:
Also "just a second" and "just a sec" (informal)

Quick Quiz

If someone says "Just a minute", you should

a. go with them

b. wait for them

c. tell them the time

Contributor: Matt Errey