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Thursday, May 31, 2012

It's About Time

Time is very important in most English-speaking countries. 


We say: "Time is Money." Therefore, there are many idiomatic expressions relating to time.
Here are just a few:




Having a lot of time:

have all the time in the world: have lots of time: "Don't rush. We have all the time in the world."
have spare time: have extra or free time: "What do you enjoy doing  in your spare time?"
have time on your hands / time to kill: have extra or even too much time: "I was waiting for Mary who was late. I had some time on my hands, so I read a magazine to kill time."
take your time: not rush: "Take your time answering the question. I can wait."
make good time: do something faster than you thought: "I made good time commuting to work this morning. There was no traffic, so it only took me 20 minutes to get here."
time is on your side: be young and have plenty of time ahead of you: "You've got time on your side, so you shouldn't feel pressured into making a career decision now."




Not having enough time:

run out of time: not have any time left: "I couldn't finish my test because I ran out of time."
pressed for time: not have much time: "Because I was pressed for time I didn't do a very good job on my paper."
a race against time: have to do something fast within a deadline: "Saving endangered species is a race against time. If we don't do something soon, many will become extinct."
no time to lose: no time to waste: "There's no time to lose. I must leave now or I will miss my flight."


Are there similar expressions about time in your language? 


Can you think of other expressions in English about time?

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