- n. literally Only one second; a passage of time one-sixtieth of a minute in duration.
- n. idiomatic A short period of time, typically anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes or more.
- interj. idiomatic Stop; wait. Used to indicate that the speaker wishes the previous speaker or the proceedings to stop so that he or she can comment on what has been said or has happened so far.
“The boy must have lived for just a second after he went down, Tud thought, because his mouth was full of dirt and cinders, as if he'd bitten into the earth as he died.”
“For just a second his eyes skipped down across her, taking in her bright blonded hair, her even brighter lipglow, her probably botched attempt at an upper-class outfit.”
“For just a second there, it seemed like the point of the whole exercise was to congratulate the old lion on his near-win in a game that proved nothing.”
“But the results were similar, and the European-inflicted insular extinctions were actually just a second phase of the larger process.”
“Aimee’s face softened slightly, as if for just a second she wanted to take back what she’d said, but then she raised her eyebrows without speaking or looking away.”
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