Idioms about time

Idioms about time

against the clock
Meaning: To work or race against the clock means to do something as fast as possible and try to finish it before a deadline.

against time
Meaning: an attempt to finish something quickly within a time limit.

ahead of one’s time
Meaning: in advance of concurrent commonly accepted ideas; showing characteristics of changes yet to be; present in one’s work before later advances in the field.

any minute soon now
Meaning: very soon

beat the clock
Meaning: To do something before a deadline.

blast from the past
Meaning: The phrase refers to something or someone from your past that reappeared into your life again.

call it a day
Meaning: to stop working for the rest of the day.

caught in a time warp
Meaning: Another variation of this idiom is to be stuck in a time warp or to be in a time warp.

clock on
Meaning: To register one’s arrival at work

clock out
Meaning: To register one’s departure from work.

devil of a time
Meaning: If you have a devil of a time, you have a very difficult time.

different as night and day
Meaning: If things or people are different as night and day, they are completely unlike each other.

drastic times call for drastic measures
Meaning: The idiom drastic times call for drastic measures means that when you face extreme and undesirable situations, it is sometimes necessary to take extreme actions.

every minute
Meaning: describing the whole period that something lasted.

face that would stop a clock
Meaning: The phrase a face that would stop a clock refers to an ugly face.

for the ages
Meaning: The phrase for the ages is an idiomatic expression that refers to something that will be memorable and noteworthy; standing the test of time.

have a whale of a time
Meaning: The phrase to have a whale of a time means to have an exciting or fun time.

have time on your hands
Meaning: The phrase to have (too much) time on one’s hands is an idiomatic expression that means that one has extra time.

high time
Meaning: If it’s high time you did something, it is the appropriate time for it.

in a split second
Meaning: in just very short time.

in the nick of time
Meaning: The phrase in the nick of time means at the last possible moment, just before it’s too late.

invest time in something
Meaning: If you invest your time in something, you put your time, effort, or energy into a project.

It’s about time
Meaning: Used to express impatience at the eventual occurrence of something that should have occurred a long time ago.

kill time
Meaning: To kill time means to spend time doing nothing in particular.

live on borrowed time
Meaning: to exist only thanks to good fortune

matter of time
Meaning: The phrase it is only a matter if time is used to say that something will certainly happen.

moment in the sun
Meaning: A brief instance in which an otherwise obscure, unremarkable, or humble person draws attention.

moment of truth
Meaning: A deciding instant; the time when a test determines or makes it apparent whether something will succeed.

name the day
Meaning: fix the date of an important event, especially marriage.

not for a minute
Meaning: not at all.

not in a million years
Meaning: The phrase not in a million years means never, not at any point or under absolutely no circumstances.

now or never
Meaning: said when you have to do something right now because you may not get another chance to do it later.

once in a blue moon
Meaning: Rarely; The phrase once in a blue moon is an idiomatic expression that means not very often or very rarely.

one-day wonder
Meaning: The phrase one-day wonder refers to something or someone that attracts great interest for a short time but is subsequently forgotten.

pressed for time
Meaning: If you are pressed for time, it means that you are in a hurry.

question of time
Meaning: said about something that will surely happen.

quick as a wink
Meaning: The phrase (as) quick as a wink is an idiomatic expression that means very quickly.

race against time
Meaning: To race against time means to hurry to do something before a deadline.

Rome wasn’t built in a day
Meaning: said to emphasize that great work takes time to do. Nothing of importance can be done in a short period of time.

rough time
Meaning: The idiom rough time means a hard or bad time.

round the clock
Meaning: The phrase round the clock refers to something happening or done all day and all night.

save the day
Meaning: The phrase save the day means to rescue someone or a situation from danger or failure.

stand the test of time
Meaning: If something stands the test of time, it lasts for a long time.

the minute (that)
Meaning: at the moment when

time flies
Meaning: The phrase time flies means that time passes very quickly especially when you’re having fun.

to the last
Meaning: until the completion of something or until death.

to this day
Meaning: until now.

turn back the clock
Meaning: figuratively to return in time to an earlier period of history.

under the wire
Meaning: At the last minute; before the deadline; barely on time; nearly late.

up to the minute
Meaning: the most modern

Meaning: current; recent; the latest

watch the clock
Meaning: To keep noticing the clock because you are eager to stop what you are doing.

zero hour
Meaning: the time when something is planned to begin (military)

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