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a while

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha whilea whileSHORT TIMEa period of time, especially a short one It takes a while to recover from the operation.in a while Mr Thomas will be with you in a while.for a while At last, he could relax for a while.a little/short while Wait a little while before deciding. We talked for quite a while (=a fairly long time) on the phone. while
Examples from the Corpus
a whileA little while later, Rick returned with the drinks.After a while, I realised he was serious.After a while, I realized what he meant.It's been a while since I read the book, and I can't remember much about it, to be honest.It's been a while since we last heard from Jo.So you guys were in Brazil for a while, huh?Can I hold her for a little while?How's Lynne? I haven't seen her for a while.He was furious, and it took him a while to calm down.I haven't played chess in a really long while.I haven't worn that jacket in a while.It took me a while before I could understand him.He's been going out with her quite a while now, hasn't he?'Is that a photo of him?' 'Yeah, that was taken a while back - his hair's longer now.'He fought for the title a while ago.Can you wait a while?
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