Definition of any minute (or at any minute) in English:

any minute (or at any minute)


  • Very soon.

    ‘a fight seemed likely to break out at any minute’
    • ‘It's not just physical sense of oppression, the weight of crouching and cramping and digging in a narrow cave that could collapse at any minute, though that's there.’
    • ‘As I worked my way off the streets, one fear always lurked in my mind: my whole world could crumble at any minute, and I could lose everything.’
    • ‘He started moving the books from the old, cheap shelves, which were threatening to break again at any minute.’
    • ‘I can't help thinking that the doorbell will ring at any minute, and upon opening the front door I will be greeted by a small group of unseasonably-clothed carol singers.’
    • ‘Alex's voice held a strained edge, sounding as if it would break any minute.’
    • ‘I could feel the strain of her effort to be gentle, like I was going to break into pieces any minute.’
    • ‘The doorbell will ring any minute, and soon the sockeye and I will be fork-tender.’
    • ‘There he was, hanging by one arm to a rock that looked ready to break off at any minute.’
    • ‘Lisa is such a draw that she threatens to capsize the entire film at any minute, making the premise too simple: only crazy people are sane, while you normal folks are just boring.’
    • ‘Yes, the table is set as though the guests are going to arrive at any minute, so you can imagine the different guests that Sand brought here.’
    very soon, in a moment, in a second, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in no time, in less than no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long
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