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Is there an expression for the following:

A: Let's go for lunch.

B: Okay.

A: I am coming in a few minutes.

B: Okay, but be a little bit faster

Do native speakers say this? Or is there a better expression or words construction for this?

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I'd say: "Hurry up!" –  Armen Ծիրունյան Apr 15 '12 at 18:48
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A: Hey, I am coming.

B: Okay, but hurry up.

"Hurry up" is the way this sentiment is most commonly expressed.

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You are mistaken, I think. ngrams for but hurry up .,but hurry . shows that "but hurry up." occurs much less often than "but hurry." –  jwpat7 Apr 15 '12 at 19:18
    
Conversationally, I'd expect to hear "hurry up" at least as often as "hurry" - particularly as a terminal statement in a sentence. –  J.R. Apr 15 '12 at 20:01
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The whole conversation is a bit odd to me.

First example: If A suggests going for lunch but won't be ready for a few minutes, then he or she is likely to say that upfront: Let's go for lunch in a few minutes.

Second example: If you use the present continuous for the future (I'm coming in a few minutes), you imply that you have already made plans or arrangements, which does not fit with the Let's go for lunch.

Third example: In a few minutes already seems quite fast to me. A shorter time than a few minutes is one minute or a few seconds, so why not something like: (Why) can't we go now?

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FAST! should do the trick. No time to shout out a whole sentence.

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Polite:

A: Let's go for lunch.

B: Okay.

A: I'll be there in a few minutes.

B: Okay, but I haven't got much time. Do you think you'll be ready soon?

Familiar:

A: Let's go for lunch.

B: Okay.

A: I'll be there in a few minutes.

B: Okay, but hurry up!

Emergency:

A: Let's go for lunch.

B: Okay.

A: I'll be there in a few minutes.

B: NOW!!!

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