Time Idioms



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1. Be pressed for time

This idiom means to be short on time and in a hurry, usually due to a time

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She's always pressed for time because of her busy schedule

He was pressed for time, so he had to skip lunch

The team was pressed for time to finish the project

I'm sorry I can't stay and chat - I'm pressed for time

We were pressed for time to catch the last train home

2. Time heals all wounds

This idiom means that emotional pain or trauma will gradually fade over time, allowing one to move on and heal.

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Even though it hurts now, time heals all wounds and things will get better

It's been a year since we broke up, and I'm finally starting to feel better - time heals all wounds

Losing a loved one is painful, but time heals all wounds and memories help to keep them close

You might be upset now, but time heals all wounds and you'll move on eventually

Time heals all wounds, but it's okay to take your time and process things at your own pace

3. Time and tide wait for no man

It means that time is an unstoppable force that cannot be controlled or manipulated. It implies that time moves forward continuously, regardless of human actions or desires, and waits for no one, regardless of their status or importance.

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You should submit your application today because time and tide wait for no man

He missed the chance to invest in that stock because he thought he had more time, but time and tide wait for no man

We must start preparing for the exam now because time and tide wait for no man

She regretted not traveling when she was younger because she realized that time and tide wait for no man

It's best to start saving for retirement early because time and tide wait for no man

4. Time after time

The idiom "time after time" means repeatedly, or happening again and again. It suggests that a particular event or situation has occurred multiple times, and is likely to continue occurring in the future.

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Time after time, she proved to be the most reliable employee in the company

Despite failing time after time, he refused to give up on his dream of becoming a successful author

The team has won the championship time after time, demonstrating their skill and dedication

She had warned him time after time about the dangers of reckless driving, but he never listened

Time after time, the company has shown that it values profits over its employees' well-being

5. At the eleventh hour

It means at the last possible moment, or just before a deadline or critical moment. It suggests that a person has waited until the very end to take action or make a decision, often with a sense of urgency or desperation.

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He submitted his essay at the eleventh hour, just before the deadline

The team made significant changes to the project at the eleventh hour, causing chaos and stress

She only started studying for the exam at the eleventh hour, hoping to cram in enough information to pass

They managed to secure the funding at the eleventh hour, avoiding financial disaster

The construction crew had to work around the clock to finish the building at the eleventh hour

6. Time flies

The idiom "time flies" means that time passes quickly or seems to go by rapidly. It suggests that time seems to move faster than expected or desired, and can be used to express surprise or nostalgia about how quickly time has passed.

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I can't believe it's already been a year since we started working together. Time flies

She realized that her children were growing up too fast, and time flies

We were having so much fun that we didn't notice how quickly time flies

He was shocked to see that he had been working on the project for several hours. Time flies when you're focused

They had planned to finish the trip within a week, but time flies, and they had to extend their stay

7. Better late than never

It means that it is better to do something, even if it is late or delayed, than to not do it at all. It suggests that taking action, even if it is not immediate, is preferable to not taking any action at all.

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He finally apologized to her for his behavior, saying better late than never

After several years of procrastination, she decided to start learning a new language, thinking that better late than never

The team managed to salvage the project by making some changes, saying better late than never

He missed the opportunity to attend the concert when it was initially announced, but he decided to attend later, thinking that better late than never

The company finally implemented safety measures after a fatal accident, saying better late than never