We save time when we do something the fast way instead of the usual way.
We say time flies when we want to say time passes surprisingly quickly. We are surprised that so much time
" I can't believe your daughter is in university. How time flies" "I never seem to finish my work. The time just flies."
to lose track of time:
We lose track of time when we are unaware of what time it is because we are too busy doing something else.
it's about time:
The expression "it's about time" means " Finally something you wanted to happen, or expected to happen as happened. You are happy about it.
Example: It's about time you two got married! You've been together for 10 years.
Being on time means not being late. You arrive at the right time.
We make time when we find time in our busy schedule to do something. We make sure we are not doing anything else at that time.
Example:My boss said he would make time to see me about my proposal at four o'clock.
time is money:
This is a famous expression that means your time is very valuable,
If you are behind the times, you are old fashioned, not modern. You don't think or behave the way most people do now.
Example: My dad is completely behind the times. He still listens to the Beatles.
You are in the nick of time when you do something just before it is too late.
Example: We got to the departure gate for our flight just in the nick of time. The plane was about to take off without us.
When we kill time, we do something that is not very interesting or important just to pass the time while we are waiting for something more interesting to do. We often do this while we are waiting for something to happen.
to hit the big time: You hit the big time when you become unusually successful. rich or famous..
Example:My friend John used to be a waiter, but he finally got a job in a successful movie and now he's hit the big time. He's going to be star.
to be pressed for time: You are pressed for time when you don't have much time to do something You are in a hurry.
Examples: They married late, but made up for lost time by having children right away.
You have the time of your life when you have a fantastic experience.
for the time being: This means temporarily, for the present moment.
Example: We have no extra money, so for the time being, we can't move to a nicer apartment.
This expression means you live a dangerous lifestyle, or do things that are dangerous to your heal
a waste of time:
We say something is a waste of time, or that we waste time if we don't spend our time on something useful.
Example: Stop wasting time playing those video games. It's time to do your homework.
to lose time:
We use this expression to say we spent too much time doing something, so we couldn't finish something else,
Example: We lost time trying to find a colour that matched the house, so now we’re behind schedule..
Example: I like to get together with my friends from time to time and go out for a drink.
We say the time is right when it is a good time to do something.
Example: The time is right to invest in a house because real estate prices are low now.
This is a time when we don't have to work.
Example: I asked my boss for some time off so that I could pick up my mother up at the airport.
Put in time:
When you put in time, you spend a lot of time doing something important.
Example: He is such a good pianist because he puts in the time practicing.
The house looks beautiful after all that time you put in renovating it.
Worth one's Time:
We use the expression it's worth your time when we want to say you won't be sorry, or you won't regret it. You will be get some benepfit from spending your time this way.
Example: If you want to learn more abouot what is going on arond the world, it's worth your time to read the newspaper or watch the news on TV.
When you take time out, you pause, or stop from doing something( such as work, or a sport to have a break.
Example: When the score in the hockey game was tied, the coach called for a "time out" in order to talk to his players.
When the time is ripe:
We say "when the time is ripe" when we mean something will happen at the correct, or time that it should happen.
Example: I told my daughter to stop worrying about getting a boyfriend and that she would find one when the time was ripe
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