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Selasa, November 30, 2010

Idioms - TIME

Hi all! How's your school holiday so far? Today, I'd like to share idioms based on the key word - time. You'll find it easier to learn idioms this way. There are also sentences to give you general idea on how to use the idiom/s.


  • against time - in an effort to finish something within a limited period (We worked against time to get out the newspaper.)
  • ahead of time - before the time due; early: (The building was completed ahead of time.)
  • at one time - a.once; in a former time: (At one time they owned a restaurant.) b.at the same time; at once: (They all tried to talk at one time.)
  • at the same time - nevertheless; yet: (I'd like to try it, but at the same time I'm a little afraid.)
  • at times -  at intervals; occasionally: (At times the city becomes intolerable.)
  • beat someone's time - to compete for or win a person being dated or courted by another; prevail over a rival: (He accused me, his own brother, of trying to beat his time.)
  • behind the times - old-fashioned; dated: (These attitudes are behind the times.)
  • for the time being - temporarily; for the present: (Let's forget about it for the time being.)
  • from time to time -  on occasion; occasionally; at intervals: (She comes to see us from time to time.)
  • gain time - to postpone in order to make preparations or gain an advantage; delay the outcome of: (He hoped to gain time by putting off signing the papers for a few days more.)
  • in good time -  a. at the right time; on time; punctually. b. in advance of the right time; early: (We arrived at the appointed spot in good time.)
  • in no time - in a very brief time; almost at once: (Working together, they cleaned the entire house in no time.)
  • in time - a.early enough: (to come in time for dinner.) b.in the future; eventually: (In time he'll see what is right.) c. in the correct rhythm or tempo: (There would always be at least one child who couldn't play in time with the music.)
  • keep time - a. to record time, as a watch or clock does. b.to mark or observe the tempo. c.to perform rhythmic movements in unison.
  • kill time - to occupy oneself with some activity to make time pass quickly: (While I was waiting, I killed time counting the cars on the freight trains.)
  • make time - a.to move quickly, esp. in an attempt to recover lost time. b.to travel at a particular speed.
  • many a time - again and again; frequently: (Many a time they didn't have enough to eat and went to bed hungry.)
  • mark time - a.to suspend progress temporarily, as to await developments; fail to advance. b. Military. to move the feet alternately as in marching, but without advancing.
  • on one's own time - during one's free time; without payment: (He worked out more efficient production methods on his own time.)
  • on time - a.at the specified time; punctually. b.to be paid for within a designated period of time, as in installments: (Many people are never out of debt because they buy everything on time.)
  • out of time -  not in the proper rhythm: (His singing was out of time with the music.)
  • pass the time of day - to converse briefly with or greet someone: (The women would stop in the market to pass the time of day.)
  • take one's time - to be slow or leisurely; dawdle: (Speed was important here, but he just took his time.)
  • time after time - again and again; repeatedly; often: (I've told him time after time not to slam the door.)
  • time and time again - repeatedly; often: (Time and time again I warned her to stop smoking.) Also, time and again.
  • time of life - (one's) age: (At your time of life you must be careful not to overdo things.)
  • time of one's life - an extremely enjoyable experience: (They had the time of their lives on their trip to Europe.)

Source: Dictionary.com

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