I am missing the single word in a common phrase that starts with "In a..." and ends with "...minute" that means 'without hesitation.'

  • To me it seems any kind of minute is very different from without hesitation - unless you could justify using in a minute with no qualification. Presumably the idea is a short minute or a fraction of a minute but then how would in a second not be better? – Robbie Goodwin Jun 6 '17 at 18:38

A phrase containing a single word in that blank is in a hot minute, but there is some confusion over whether that phrase means "in a short time" or its opposite. There is considerable discussion at the ELU question Since when has “a hot minute” meant a long time?.

A more common phrase containing a compound proper noun in that blank is in a New York minute. Merriam-Webster defines "New York minute" as a noun meaning instant or flash.

  • I believe the phrase is "in a New York minute." Thank you. – user239430 Jun 6 '17 at 23:12

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