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Re: Why 'a minute', can't it be 'not a second too soon', or the like?

Posted by GPP on August 23, 2003

In Reply to: Why 'a minute', can't it be 'not a second too soon', or the like? posted by sphinx on August 23, 2003

: : : why this phrase is equal to "on time"?

: : Not really 'on time'; more like 'just in the nick of time', or just barely in time. If you have been a minute later, it would have been too late.

Yes, you're exactly right, and that wording is occasionally used; but for whatever reason, the more common phrasing of the cliche is "minute".