Definition of this minute (or this very minute) in English:

this minute (or this very minute)


  • 1At once; immediately.

    ‘pull yourself together this minute’
    • ‘Please address any complaints to the management, and get that damned squirrel out of here right this minute before it chews the sugar and dandelion centrepiece I've been working on since Tuesday!’
    • ‘I'm coming up to check this minute - switch that computer off immediately!’
    • ‘As Sara Cox said this morning: ‘JJ72, stop making all that pop music racket upstairs in your bedroom and come down here this minute… your tea's getting cold!’’
    • ‘I'm telling you folks - if that's what running up and down ladders does for your game I'm into Mackey's this minute to order one!’
    • ‘Erin, get back here this minute!’
    • ‘A powerful, bellowing voice says, ‘Get out of the house, this minute.’’
    • ‘More photos here and please go here and buy their new EP right this minute.’
    • ‘I have the Mel Blanc ‘Happy Birthday’ records, though not where I can get to them right this minute.’
    • ‘You come back here right this minute with that ring or I'll give you such a beating!’
    • ‘You had better straighten up right this minute or you'll go to bed without dinner.’
    at once, immediately, directly, this moment, this second, instantly, straight away, right away, right now, without further ado, without more ado, forthwith
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  • 2British Only a short while ago.

    ‘I've just this minute got back home’
    • ‘Ah, but don't worry, I've just this minute received an email from the landlord in Ireland who has authorised me to send round an electrician.’
    • ‘And the irony is that I've just this minute been given a free membership to the local Holmes gym from my work.’
    • ‘He's also, just this minute, taken delivery of a pair of binoculars with built in digital camera so will no doubt be playing with them for the next wee while.’
    • ‘I've just this minute had a surprise telephone interview to be on a TV quiz show on Monday.’
    • ‘I just this minute blagged my way into an informal meeting tomorrow with the MD of a company I'd love to work for; it's in the business services sector.’
    • ‘And I just this minute got a phone call from my sister informing me she's pregnant again.’
    • ‘I'm just reaching the end of the working day and, believe it or not, I've only just this minute remembered that I have a weblog.’
    • ‘I have just this minute signed the contract and it is now on the way to the solicitors.’
    • ‘I only went up to January of 2005, because even if you just this minute found me, you should at least have read back a few weeks.’
    • ‘Okay, I just this minute finished watching the single most dishonest report I have ever seen on an official network evening news program.’