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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


TIME, page 2

Idioms
from:  'at the eleventh hour'    to:  'time after time'


  • at the eleventh hour
    • If something happens at the eleventh hour, it happens when it is almost too late, or at the last possible moment.
      "Our team won after they scored a goal at the eleventh hour."

  • five o'clock shadow
    • This expression refers to a patch of stubble on the face of a man who hasn't shaved for at least a day.
      "He looked tired and had a five o'clock shadow."

  • in the interim
    • Something that happens in the interim takes place during a period of time between two events.
      "I won't have the apartment until next month. In the interim I'm staying at a local hotel."

  • in the long run
    • The term 'in the long run' refers to something that will have effect over or after a long period of time.
      "Learning Chinese is going to be difficult, but it'll be worth it in the long run because it will help me to get a better job."

  • in your 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."

  • the 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!"

  • in a 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'.
      "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 somethingtime after time, you do it repeatedly or on many occasions.
      "He was surprised when the teacher punished him although he had been warned time after time."

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