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Idioms connected with time

Idioms with time

  • Buy time: to do something in order to have more time to achieve something
  • Kill time: spend time by entertaining yourself or doing something that is interesting for you
  • Mark time: 1) to pass the time while you wait for the right opportunity 2) Military: March in one place
  • Time flies: time passes very quickly
  • Time after time (time and time again): very often; again and again
  • Time is money: time is valuable and used productively
  • Tell the time (US tell time): to be able to read a clock or watch correctly
  • Bide your time: to wait patiently for the right moment to do something
  • Third time lucky (US third time is the charm): used when you are sure to succeed the third attempt because you have failed the previous two attempts
  • Have time to kill (have time on your hands): have nothing to do
  • Long time no see: I have not seen you for a long time
  • Once upon a time: once a long time ago, used to open fairy tales and folk tales
  • (Only) time will tell: The result of a situation will only be known after time has passed
  • Against time (against the clock): an attempt to finish something as fast as possible
  • Ahead of time: before the expected time: early
  • At one time: 1) in the past; formerly 2) at once
  • At times: sometimes
  • Beat time: follow the rhythm of music with hand, foot, fingers or a similar means
  • Behind the times: someone or something that is not modern; old-fashioned
  • From time to time: occasionally; not often
  • Time’s up: there is no more time for something
  • In time: before a deadline; not late
  • On time: according to the schedule
  • Have time of your life: to have a very enjoyable time
  • Do time: to spend a period of time in prison (as a prisoner)

Idioms with minute (moment/second)

  • At any minute (now): very soon
  • Just a minute (moment/second): wait for a short time
  • The last minute (moment): the last opportunity before an important event
  • Up to the minute: modern; recent

Idioms with hour

  • Until all hours: very late at night
  • At the eleventh hour: at the last minute
  • At an ungodly hour (informal: At an unearthly hour): a time of day, very early or late, that is not convenient to see somebody
  • The evil hour/day/moment: difficult or unpleasant time


Sentence examples:

I usually kill time by watching funny videos online.
The time flies when I am reading a book.
Time after time she goes to the theatre.
Kids will learn how to tell the time with this video.
I am biding my time to earn money outside of my current job.
We have some time to kill before the next class.
Who will win the presidential election? Only time will tell.
We are working against time to publish the plan by the end of this year.
The meeting will start ahead of time.   
At one time my parents lived in Ukraine.
I go by bus at times.
He beat time by clapping.
This method seems behind the times.
From time to time she writes to me.
Stop running! Time’s up.
The train was on time.
The documents were delivered in time.
My kids had time of their lives in the amusement park.
He did time for selling marijuana. 
She’ll be here at any minute.
He decided to leave at the last minute.
Some styles are always up to the minute.
I like to watch TV until all hours.
She decided not to come at the eleventh hour.
The noise of the traffic always wakes me up at an ungodly hour.


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