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    New York minute

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    New York minute

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    An extremely short period of time: "If we could find [a merger in another city] that would work as well, we'd do it in a New York minute" (Jonathan Golden).

    AE speakers use "in a New York minute" instead of "very quickly," don't they? BE speakers, too?

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    Re: New York minute

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello


    New York minute

    NOUN:
    Slang

    An extremely short period of time: "If we could find [a merger in another city] that would work as well, we'd do it in a New York minute" (Jonathan Golden).

    AE speakers use "in a New York minute" instead of "very quickly," don't they? BE speakers, too?
    I've heard the expression, but it's not something I've said. I don't know if BrE speakers would use this expression.

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    Re: New York minute

    Not really; I think it's too geographically fixed and tied up to American perspectives of the city to cross the Atlantic.

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