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Difference between For a moment and For the moment

for a momentvery briefly; for a short time:

  • He might have popped in for a moment, since he was passing this way.

Note: The expression is not antonymous in meaning to the phrase not for a moment—(emphatic) absolutely never (also: not for one moment):

  • Not for a moment would I suggest that you did it deliberately.

for the momentat present; for the time being:

  • Sorry, Mr. Rathbone, I’m tied up for the moment, but I can see you later today.