Time Idioms (Page 1)

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A month of Sundays
A month of Sundays is a long period of time: I haven't seen her in a month of Sundays.
Act your age, not your shoe size
Stop behaving immaturely- it is often said to adults who are acting like overgrown children and to school-age children who are acting like overgrown toddlers.
After the watershed
The watershed is the time limit after which more controversial  subjects, bad language, etc, can be shown on TV in some countries, so if it's after the watershed, then discussions can be freer, franker and more controversial.
Against the clock
If you do something against the clock, you are rushed and have very little time to do it.
Ahead of time
If something happens ahead of time, it happens early or before the set time.
Around the clock
If something is open around the clock, it is open 24 hours a day. For example, an airport is open around the clock.
At a stretch
If you work for a period of time, lioke ten hours, at a stretch, you work without breaks or interruptions.
Behind the times
Someone that is behind the times is old-fashioned and has ideas that are regarded as out-dated.
Better late than never
This idiom suggests that doing something late is better than not doing it at all.
Big time
This can be used to with the meaning 'very much'- if you like something big time, you like it a lot.
Call it a day
If you call it a day, you stop doing something for a while, normally at least until the following day.
Call time
(UK) If you call time on something, you decide it is time to end it.
Carry the day
If something carries the day, it wins a battle (the sense is that the battle has been long and could have gone either way) or competition for supremacy.
Clean your clock
If you clean your clock, you beat someone decisively in a contest or fight.
Come of age
When something comes of age it develops completely and reaches maturity. When someone comes of age, they reach adulthood or fulfill their potential.
Crack of dawn
The crack of dawn is very early in the morning.
Crunch time
When people, companies, etc, have to make an important decision that will have a considerable effect on their future, it is crunch time.
Day in the sun
If you have your day in the sun, you get attention and are appreciated.
Day in, day out
If you have to do something very day or for a long time, particularly if it is boring, you have to do it day in, day out.
Days are numbered
When someone’s days are numbered, they are expected to die soon.
Do time
(UK) When someone is doing time, they are in prison.
Don't know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon
If you don't know what to do, you don't know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon.
Dwell on the past
Thinking too much about the past, so that it becomes a problem is to dwell on the past.
Eleventh hour
If something happens at the eleventh hour, it happens right at the last minute.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day
This is used when people get lucky and are undeservedly successful.('Even a stopped clock is right twice a day' is also used.)
Feast today, famine tomorrow
If you indulge yourself with all that you have today, you may have to go without tomorrow.
Five o'clock shadow
A five o'clock shadow is the facial hair that a man gets if he doesn't shave for a day or two.
For the time being
For the time being indicates that an action or state will continue into the future, but is temporary. I'm sharing an office for the time being.
Full of the joys of spring
If you are full of the joys of spring, you are very happy and full of energy.
Fullness of time
If something happens in the fullness of time, it will happen when the time is right and appropriate.
Girl Friday
A girl Friday is a female employee who assists someone without any specific duties.
Given the day that's in it
(Irish) This idiom is used when something is obvious because of the day that it occurs: traffic, for example would be busy around a football stadium on game day, given the day that's in it. On any other day the traffic would be unexplainable, but because its game day its obvious why there is traffic.
Good time
If you make good time on a journey, you manage to travel faster than you expected.
Half a shake
If you'll do something in half a shake, you will do it very soon.
Have your moments
Someone who has his or her moments exhibits a positive behavior pattern on an occasional basis but not generally.
Here today, gone tomorrow
Money, happiness and other desirable things are often here today, gone tomorrow, which means that they don't last for very long.
Honest as the day is long
Someone who is as honest as the day is long is very trustworthy or honest.
Hour of need
A time when someone really needs something, almost a last chance, is their hour of need.
I may have been born at night, but not last night
(USA) This is an expression used in the Southern USA meaning I am not a fool.
In an instant
If something happens in an instant, it happens very rapidly.
In one stroke
If something happens in one stroke, it happens immediately.(In a stroke, at a stroke and at one stroke are also used.)
Just in the nick of time
If you do something in the nick of time, you just manage to do it just in time, with seconds to spare.
Laugh a minute
Someone who is a laugh a minute is very funny.
Legend in your own lunchtime
Somebody who becomes a legend in their own lifetime acquires fame, but often only to a select or specialist audience, while they are still alive.
Let's call it a day
This is used as a way of suggesting that it is time to stop working on something.
Like clockwork
If something happens like clockwork, it happens at very regular times or intervals.
Like there's no tomorrow
If you do something like there's no tomorrow, you do it fast or energetically.
Long time no hear
The speaker could say this when they have not heard from a person, either through phone calls or emails for a long time.
Long time no see
'Long time no see' means that the speaker has not seen that person for a long time.
Make my day
If something makes your day, it satisfies you or makes you happy.

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