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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


(Idioms page 2 :  in one's own sweet time  →  living on borrowed time)

in one's own sweet time If you do something in your own sweet time, you take as long as you please to do it, in spite of the wishes of others.
OK, I'll do it - but in my own sweet time!
just around the corner If something is just around the corner, it will happen very soon.
With spring just around the corner, the new collection should begin to sell.
moment of truth A critical or decisive time when you face the reality of a situation, and find out if your efforts have succeeded, is called the moment of truth.
The moment of truth has arrived - I'm going to serve my first soufflé!
month of Sundays This expression is an amusing way of referring to a very long period of time.
I haven't been to the theatre in a month of Sundays.
never in a million years This expression means 'absolutely never' or 'at no time in my life'.
I will never in a million years understand why Anne married Bob.
once in a blue moon If something occurs once in a blue moon, it happens very rarely.
Bill has very little contact with his brother. They see each other once in a blue moon.
time after time If you do something time after time, you do it repeatedly or on many occasions.
The was surprised when the teacher punished him although he had been warned time after time.
time flies This expression is used to express surprise at how fast time passes (usually in a very active or happy situation).
It's hard to believe we've been living here two years already.  Time flies!
time on your hands If you have time on your hands, you have a lot of free time, usually more than you need or want.
Since he retired, Bill has too much time on his hands.  He should take up a hobby.
time of your life If you have the time of our life, you enjoy yourself very much.
The kids had the time of their lives at Disneyland.
time on your side If you have time on your side, you can afford to wait before doing or achieving something.
He didn't succeed this time, but he's young enough to try again. He's got time on his side.
time is ripe If the time is ripe for something, it is the right moment to do it.
He sold his business when the time was ripe.
time is ticking away The expression 'time is ticking away' can be used when you see the minutes or seconds going by as the clock ticks, especially when you are waiting anxiously for something to happen.
We need to intervene before it's too late.  Time's ticking away.
time-honoured practice A custom that is universally respected, or a traditional way of doing something, is called a time-honoured practice.
Guests were greeted according to a time-honored practice.
for the time being If you talk about how a situation is for the time being, you mean that it is temporary and will probably change in the future.
Laura has left John and is living with her parents for the time being.
living on borrowed time This expression refers to a period of time after an illness or accident which could have caused death.
After heart surgery, many patients feel that they're living on borrowed time.
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