New York minute

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Supposedly from the time between a traffic light turning green and the driver behind sounding the horn.

Noun[edit]

New York minute (plural New York minutes)

  1. (informal) An instant; an extremely short time.
    Synonyms: instant; see also Thesaurus:moment
    • 1989, Don Henley (lyrics and music), “New York Minute”, in The End of the Innocence:
      In a New York minute, everything can change / In a New York minute, you can get out of the rain

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