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I understand the meaning of both words, but I can't figure out what the expression means.

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That was Tattoo's wife on Fantasy Island. –  JeffSahol Jan 30 '12 at 17:15

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Minute Maid® is a brand of frozen orange juice concentrate, from which an orange juice drink can be made by adding water.

From the Minute Maid® web site:

From the city famous for its Minutemen militia, a Boston advertising agency came up with the name "Minute Maid" reflecting the convenience and ease of preparation.

Minute Maid® is a play on the words "made in a minute," or "[in a] minute made."

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Ah nice :) Thanks. –  Paolo Jan 30 '12 at 16:01
Any relation of the maid in Nestle's Milkmaid? –  Kris Feb 1 '12 at 5:46
@Kris Twins separated at birth... –  Gnawme Feb 1 '12 at 6:27

Could also mean: "The little maid". :)

Minute has many meanings and with different pronounciations (se below).

Examples: - One minute (time). [ˈminit] - Insignificant, very small, slight etc. [mīˈn(y)o͞ot]


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Well, the OP didn't mention anything about the orange juice brand in the question, so without context a minute maid could indeed refer to a very small delicate female domestic servant or virgin! :) –  Mari-Lou A Feb 26 at 8:19

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