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    Question not come a day late

    In " the court order has not come a day late". What does "not come a day late" mean? Is it "too late" or "too early".


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    Re: not come a day late

    It looks like an incomplete sentence - was there more context?

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    Re: not come a day late

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It looks like an incomplete sentence - was there more context?
    Or misremembered, perhaps? There is an idiomatic phrase 'not to come a day too soon' [=to be urgently needed].

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    Re: not come a day late

    come a day late = be late
    Please have the follow in mind:

    "day late and a dollar short" means you are too late. Like if a guy likes you and then another one asks you out before him, you say to the first guy "sorry day late and a dollar short

    come day late = wise after the event
    come day late = lock the stable door after the horse has been stolen

    If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, too late.

    not come day late = don't be a wise after event
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    Post Re: not come a day late

    Thanks a lot VIL for your detailed explanation after so much research.

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    Re: not come a day late

    Quote Originally Posted by Romel Panzer View Post
    Thanks a lot VIL for your detailed explanation after so much research.
    I must admit that I find this sort of response to a posting full of errors to be rather disturbing;
    Please have the following in mind:

    "a day late and a dollar short" means you are too late. Like if a guy likes you and then another one asks you out before him, you say to the first guy "sorry day late and a dollar short

    come a day late = be wise after the event
    come a day late = lock the stable door after the horse has been stolen Maybe this is Am E (?); the more common expression in my experience is 'after the horse has bolted'.

    If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, too late.

    not come a day late = not be [a] wise after event [it was understandable as it was, but if you have an "=" sign you shouldn't have a (subjectless) finite verb before it and an imperative after it.]
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