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1No more than (a specified period of time)‘they were shown the door in a matter of minutes’
- ‘Whatever they decide their whole future will be decided in a matter of a couple of minutes.’
- ‘Some cab customers may think it's just a matter of luck that a driver is at their door in a matter of minutes.’
- ‘In a matter of seconds the door was off its hinges.’
- ‘Then, if an unexpected caller knocks at the door, the resident is able to summon help in a matter of minutes.’
- ‘We didn't have to wait too long though and got seated in a matter of ten minutes or so.’
- ‘Police have condemned the youngsters involved in at least four incidents in a matter of weeks.’
- ‘The water is very cold and hypothermia can occur in a matter of minutes if exposed to the water.’
- ‘It was getting towards sun down, and she reached her apartment in a matter of 25 minutes.’
- ‘He was on his feet and out the door in a matter of seconds.’
- ‘It only needs to take you a matter of minutes every month, but it will help us to literally change the world.’
2A thing that involves or depends on.‘it's a matter of working out how to get something done’
- ‘This is more than just a liberal cause, it is a matter of basic principle - and it involves us all.’
- ‘It's a matter of all the players involved in the club progressing on from last year.’
- ‘The extent to which that strategy needed to be dependent on the computer is a matter of dispute.’
- ‘Tea terminology is a matter of concern to tea drinkers and also to cooks who are using tea as a flavouring.’
- ‘Whether his political standpoint is your cup of tea is a matter of choice.’
3a matter of/forSomething that evokes (a specified feeling)‘it's a matter of complete indifference to me’
- ‘The nature of their current relationship must remain a matter for conjecture.’
- ‘His death is no more a matter for public grief than the death of my grandmother.’
- ‘I think that perhaps the best way for me to cope with being over-weight is to make it a matter for jollity.’
- ‘If Australia somehow pull off victory this week, it should not be a matter for national mourning.’
- ‘What is a matter for concern is that no one said a word to these children.’
- ‘On this basis, the spillage of a million tons of oil is indeed a matter for ecological concern.’
- ‘If his behaviour becomes a matter for moderator concern, that's a bit different.’
- ‘That human rights enjoy such prestige is a matter for rejoicing, but it is somewhat beside the point.’
- ‘By the later Middle Ages, the right to a coat of arms had become a matter for social pride and strict control.’
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