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1‘he thought for a moment before answering’
little while, short time, bit, minute, second, instant, split second
informal sec, nanosecond, jiffy, jiff
British informal tick, mo, two ticks
2‘she would always remember the moment they met’
point in time, point, time, hour, juncture, stage
3‘the issues were of little moment to the voters’
importance, import, significance, consequence, substance, note, mark, prominence, value, weight, concern, interest, gravity, seriousness
‘I am not very anxious to see you at the moment’
at present, just now, right now, at this time, at the present time, currently, presently, at this moment in time
very soon, in a minute, 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, before you can say Jack Robinson, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, in the wink of an eye, in a wink, before you can say knife
in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo
in a snap
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