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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


TIME, page 3

Idioms
from:  'time flies'    to:  'just a matter of 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."

  • have the 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."

  • the 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."

  • a 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."

  • lose track of time
    • When you give all your attention to something and become so engrossed in it that you don't realize what time it is, you lose track of time.
      "Whenever I start surfing on the web, I lose track of time."

  • make up for lost time
    • If you make up for lost time, you increase your efforts or work harder to complete something or meet a deadline.
      "Progress has stopped because of bad weather, but we are determined to make up for lost time."

  • only/just a matter of time
    • If you say that it is only or just a matter of time before (or until) something happens, it is certain to happen or will inevitably take place, although you do not know when.
      "Restrictive measures will have to be introduced. It's just a matter of time."

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