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1.
A New York minute is an instant. Or as Johnny Carson once said, it's the interval between a Manhattan traffic light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn.

It appears to have originated in Texas around 1967. It is a reference to the frenzied and hectic pace of New Yorkers' lives. A New Yorker does in an instant what a Texan would take a minute to do.
I'll have that ready for you in a New York Minute
by RJB December 15, 2003
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2.
n. Stupid, retarded Olsen Twins movie about 2 fucktards running loose in NYC.
Gigantic waste of film. One of the worst movies of all time.
I turned that shit off in a New York Minute.
by keyshaw October 01, 2004
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3.
The smallest measurable amount of time in the universe. Approximately equal to the time between a traffic light turning green in New York City and the cab driver behind you honking his horn.
It was all over in a new york minute.
by Shagger Jones December 13, 2003
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4.
An imaginary measurement of time that indicates an extreme quickness. Lending itself to the fast-paced lifestyle associated with New York City.
When I was in the Bronx I got mugged, shot, raped, and murdered in a New York Minute. In Detroit it would take at least 2.
by James December 08, 2003
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5.
1. taken from the general belief that everything in new york moves faster than the rest of the world, hence a new york minute is more like a split second
2. a split second
3. a quick moment
i'll get this job done in a new york minute.
by Michael Ray-Von December 06, 2003
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6.
A very brief period of time, presumably considerably less than an Omaha minute.
I'll be there in a New York minute.
by LudwigVan December 06, 2003
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7.
A split second; a turnaround.
<i>In a new york minute
Everything can change
In a new york minute
Things can get pretty strange
In a new york minute
Everything can change
In a new york minute</i>

"New York Minute" by The Eagles
by Hiroshi Nakano June 20, 2005
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