7 Useful Idioms about Time

7 Useful Idioms about Time

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Time is something we always talk about. Here’re some cool and practice idioms people use in English while they speak about time.

I bet you know many of them. Let me know in the comments which are your favorite.

And also check if you really understand them with this quiz.

1. Time flies

how quickly time seems to have passed

Wow, Otis was a little boy the last time I saw him! Time flies.

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2. Better late than never
when something happens later than you were hoping

Eventually, he wrote and apologized. Better late than never, I guess.

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3. On the dot
happens exactly at the expected time

They arrived at nine o’clock, on the dot.

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4. In the nick of time
If you do something at the last possible moment, (almost too late)

We got to the station just in the nick of time – as we stepped on the train, the doors were closing.

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a more formal phrase with a similar meaning is at the eleventh hour

5. In the blink of an eye
Something that happens extremely quickly

I don’t recall many details of the crash – it all happened in the blink of an eye.

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6. At the crack of dawn
When you do something extremely early in the morning

She’s up at the crack of dawn, feeding the chickens.

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7. Around the clock
it is done all day and all night, without stopping

Emergency services worked around the clock to rescue stranded residents.

This phrase is also used adjectivally: He’s very sick and needs round-the-clock care.

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2 thoughts on “7 Useful Idioms about Time

    1. Hey Lida, great to see you here) Well, you have a great vocabulary! Have you ever done something at the crack of a dawn?

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