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How long do 'a moment or two' and 'a minute' really refer to?

After only a moment or two, they gave up trying to defend themselves. A minute later all five of them were in full fright down the road with the animals running after them joyfully.

Does 'a moment or two' refer to a very very short period of time? Does 'a minute' really mean 'one minute'? Thank you.

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    A moment is not a set amount of time. After a moment or two just means after a short time. In that passage a minute also just means a short time, and not necessarily one minute.

    For example: "Are you ready to go?" "No, wait a minute, I gotta brush my teeth first."

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