Definition of the minute (or the minute that) in English:

the minute (or the minute that)

phrase

  • As soon as.

    ‘let me know the minute he returns’
    • ‘But the minute the Americans pressed forward, they were fired at from another angle.’
    • ‘The clear message is: make sure the minute you experience these feelings, you call the helpline.’
    • ‘But, the minute Doc put pen to paper, it became politicised in the way that he frames and describes it.’
    • ‘She was so scared of her family's reaction that she hid the pregnancy from it until the minute she went into labour.’
    • ‘I regretted it all from the minute I saw it in the mirror until the minute it had fully grown back.’
    • ‘Most sows are sent to the slaughter house the minute they can't reproduce babies.’
    • ‘Now, as anyone who knows me will attest, the minute you make me an Official, I take my duties very seriously.’
    • ‘However the minute I was inside the shop I felt very self conscious and wrong.’
    • ‘There is usually plenty of heat the minute you walk outside the door of a tapas bar, provided you are in Spain and not Scotland.’
    • ‘The original scared me to death the minute I heard the title spoken aloud.’
    at present, at the moment, at the present moment, at the present time, now, currently, this minute, presently
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