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".