Meaning of “just a minute/moment/second” in the English Dictionary

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"just a minute/moment/second" in British English

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just a minute/moment/second

A2 used to ask someone to wait for a short period of time:

Just a second - I've nearly finished.

mainly UK used to interrupt someone in order to ask them to explain something, to calm them, or to express disagreement:

Just a minute - can you tell me how to do that again?

(Definition of “just a minute/moment/second” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)