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’
    • ‘The doorbell will ring any minute, and soon the sockeye and I will be fork-tender.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He started moving the books from the old, cheap shelves, which were threatening to break again at any minute.’
    • ‘There he was, hanging by one arm to a rock that looked ready to break off at any minute.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I could feel the strain of her effort to be gentle, like I was going to break into pieces any minute.’
    • ‘Alex's voice held a strained edge, sounding as if it would break 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
    in a jiffy, in a nanosecond, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, in the wink of an eye, in a wink, before you can say jack robinson, before you can say knife
    in a tick, in a mo, in two ticks
    in a snap
    ere long
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