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n., adj., v. timed, tim•ing. n.
2. an error in chronology. Also called antichronism. — anachronistic, anachronistical, anachronous, adj.
2. a reference book organized according to the dates of past events. — chronologer, chronologist, n. — chronological, adj.
2. the measurement of time by periods or divisions. — chronometric, chronometrical, adj.
2. the art of making timepieces. — horologiographer, horologiographian, n. — horologiographic, adj.
2. the condition of occurring at the same time as another event. — isochronic, adj. — isochrony, n.
2. the photograph so produced.
3. a camera that records the exact time of the event it is photographing by exposing a moving sensitized plate to the tracing of a thin beam of light synchronized with the event.
- About as much time left as an ice cube in a frying pan —William Diehl
- Any decent church service lasts forty-five minutes, like the sex act —Heinrich Böll
- As the waves make toward the pebbled shore, so do our minutes hasten to their end —William Shakespeare
- As the years go by me, my life keeps filling up with names like abandoned cemeteries —Yehuda Amichai
- The day runs through me as water through a sieve —Samuel Butler
- The days chase one another like kittens chasing their tails —H. L. Mencken
- The days slipped by … like apple-parings under a knife —Stephen Vincent Benét
- A decade falling like snow on top of another —Elizabeth Hardwick
- Each class seemed endless to him, as if the hour were stuck to his back like his damp shirt —Helen Hudson
- Each year is like a snake that swallows its tail —Robert Penn Warren
This line is the curtain raiser for Warren’s poem, Paradigm.
- Every day yawned like a week —Donald Seaman
- Forty-five minutes passed, like a very slow cloud —Dylan Thomas
- Here [at a country inn] time swings idly as a toy balloon —Phyllis McGinley
- The hours weighed like centuries on his heart —Lawrence Durrell
- If time seems to pass so quickly, this is because there are no landmarks. Like the moon when it is at its heights on the horizon —Albert Camus
- The hours [with nothing to do] hunted him like a pack of bloodhounds —Edith Wharton
- If you let slip time, like a neglected rose it withers on the stalk with languished head —John Milton
- The lagging hours of the day went by like windless clouds over a tender sky —Percy Bysshe Shelley
The word ‘over’ is spelled ‘o’er’ in the original.
- Leisure is like a beautiful garment that will not do for constant wear —Anon
- Life goes like the river —Clifford Odets
- Like a run in a stocking. It [lost time] always got worse —Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- Like January weather, the years will bite and smart —Dorothy Parker
- Like sand poured in a careful measure from the hand, the weeks flowed down —Paule Marshall
- Like the swell of some sweet tune, morning rises into noon, May glides onward into June —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Like the waves make towards the pebbled shore, so do our minutes hasten to their end —William Shakespeare
- The minutes crawl like last year’s flies —Ridgely Torrence
- The minutes ticked off like separate eternities —Dan Wakefield
- The moment hung in time like a miner’s hat on an oaken peg in a saloon abandoned ninety years ago —Loren D. Estleman
- The moment shimmered like a glass of full-bodied wine —Marge Piercy
- The moments [between two people] were stretching longer and longer, like so many rubber bands —Elizabeth Spencer
- My days are consumed like smoke —The Holy Bible/Psalms
- The passing years are like a mist sweeping up from the sea of time so that my memories acquire new aspects —W. Somerset Maugham
- Saw the days of the year stretching ahead like a series of bright, white boxes, and separating one box from another was sleep, like a black shade —Sylvia Plath
- She was forever saving time, like bits of string —Helen Hudson
- Slowly the generations pass, like sand through heaven’s blue hour-glass —Vachel Lindsay
Lindsay used this simile as a repeated refrain for his poem Shantung.
- The summer was melting away like the unfinished ice cream Sonny left on his plate —Dan Wakefield
- That night and the next day swept past like the waters of a rapids —James Crumley
- (Time seems thin, one-dimensional,) the hours long and slender, stretched like a wire —Dan Wakefield
- There is a rhythm inside a year of time, like a great mainspring that keeps it ticking from spring to summer to fall to winter —Borden Deal
- Time … a substance of some sort which existence burned up like a fire —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
- Time can be nibbled away as completely as a tray of canapés in an irresolute fat man’s reach, or grandly lost in victory like the great marlin in The Old Man and the Sea [by Hemingway] —Charles Poore
- Time crawled like ants —Marge Piercy
- Time crouched, like a great cat, motionless but for tail’s twitch —Robert Penn Warren
- Time dripped like drops of blood —Yukio Mishima
- Time drops sail like a ketch in a lagoon —Diane Ackerman
- Time fled past us like a startled bird —James Crumley
- Time flies … like an arrow —Amy Hempel
- Time goes cooly through the funnel of his fingers … like water over stones —William H. Gass
- Time has moved on like a great flock of geese —Stephen Minot
- Time is a storm in which we are all lost —William Carlos Williams
- Time is like an enterprising manager always bent on staging some new and surprising production, without knowing very well what it will be —George Santayana
- Time is like a river made up of the events which happen, and its current is strong. No sooner does anything appear than it is swept away and another comes in its place, and will be swept away too —Marcus Aurelius
- Time is like money; the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go —Josh Billings
- Time is like some balked monster, waiting outside the valley, to pounce on the slackers who have managed to evade him longer than they should —James Hilton
- Time, like a flurry of wild rain, shall drift across the darkened pane —Charles G. D. Roberts
- Time like an ever-rolling stream bears all its sons away —Isaac Watts
- Time, like a pulse, shakes fierce through all the worlds —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- Time looked like snow dropping silently into a black room or … like a silent film in an ancient theatre, one hundred billion faces falling like those New Year balloons, down and down into nothing —Ray Bradbury
- Time moves … like a treacle —Hortense Calisher
- Time passes as on a fast day —Anon
- Time pleated like a fan —Julia O’Faolain
- Time pulses from the afternoon like blood from a serious wound —Hilma Wolitzer
- Time roared in his ears like wind —John Barth
See Also: NOISE
- Time roars in my ears like a river —Derek Walcott
- Time rushes past us like the snowflake on the river —Gore Vidal
- Time seemed to have slowed down, dividing itself into innumerable fractions, like Zeno’s space or marijuana hours —Ross Macdonald
- Time … sounded like water running in a dark cave and voices crying and dirt dropping down upon hollow box lids, and rain —Ray Bradbury
- Time sticking to her like cold grease —Marge Piercy
- Time swells like a wave at a wall and bursts to eternity —George Barker
- Time went on like an unchanging ribbon drawn across a turbulent background —Heinrich Boll
- Upon his silver hairs, time, like a Panama hat, sits at a tilt and smiles —Karl Shapiro
In his poem, Boy-Man, Shapiro expands on the simile as follows: “… and smiles. To him the world has just begun. And every city waiting to be built.”
- The week is dealt out like a hand —Randall Jarrell
- The week passed slowly … like a prolonged Sunday —Edith Wharton
- When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. When he sits on a hot stove for a minute, then it’s longer than any hour —Albert Einstein
- When you’re deeply absorbed in what you’re doing, time gives itself to you like a warm and willing lover —Brendan Francis
- The years are crawling over him like wee red ants —Ogden Nash
- The years come close around me like a crowd of the strangers I knew once —Randall Jarrell
- The years dropped from Randstable [character in novel] like a heavy overcoat —James Morrow
- The years like great black oxen tread the world, and God the herdsman goads them on behind —W. B. Yeats
- The years peeled back like the skin of an onion, layer on top of layer —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- The years rolled in against one another like a rush of water —Frieda Arkin
- The years shall run like rabbits —W. H. Auden
- The years ticked past like crabs —Randall Jarrell
- Years which rushed over her like weathered leaves in a storm —Ellen Glasgow
- A year that dragged like a terminal illness —Rosellen Brown
before one had nails on one’s toes Before one was born; long ago, in the distant past. This expression refers to the fact that a baby’s toenails develop prenatally. Thus, an event or other matter that occurred before a person’s toenails developed occurred before he was born. In its most common usage, the expression cites a younger person’s age as the basis for denigrating his status, experience, ideals, or philosophies.
There’s Ulysses and old Nestor, whose wit was moldy ere your grandsires had nails on their toes. (Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, II, i)
between dog and wolf Neither day nor night; dusk. The dog is a domesticated animal, and therefore associated with all that is civilized and ordered, such as the day. On the other hand, the wild and mysterious wolf is associated with the night, from the image of a wolf baying at the moon. Although they are of the same family, dogs and wolves are as different as day and night. And between dog and wolf, or day and night, is dusk.
blind man’s holiday Dusk; neither day nor night. This phrase, used as early as 1599, is said to refer to the time just before candles are lighted when it is too dark to work or read—a fitting time to rest, or “take a holiday.” However, this explanation does not account for the use of blind man in the phrase. Perhaps dusk is a holiday for a blind man because it offers him a brief respite from his aloneness. He has company because everyone is in the same state of semi-darkness until the candles are lit. In fact, being accustomed to the darkness, a blind man can enjoy an advantage. The phrase is rarely heard today.
D-day A deadline, the last hour, the moment of truth; a date established for any significant event, originally for a secret military operation. During World War II, the Allied invasion of Normandy was set for June 5, 1944. To avoid referring to the date, for security reasons, the code word D-day was adopted. Hostile weather conditions, however, forced the postponement of this famous D-day until the next day. The term is currently used in a similar way, especially in the academic world where students often refer to the due, date for the submission of work as D-day.
graveyard shift A work shift usually from twelve midnight until eight in the morning; any late-night shift; also the graveyard watch. Factories running 24 hours a day employ three shifts—day, swing, and midnight or. graveyard. The expression gained currency during World War II when so many factories were operating around-the-clock. The phrase, American slang and dating from the early part of this century, is an allusion to the late hour of the shift, which works in the dead of night when it is quiet and still as a graveyard.
A month later he and his fellows went on “graveyard” shift. (The Saturday Evening Post, November, 1908)
zero hour Deadline; an anticipated stressful or critical period of time; the precise time established for the commencement of a military operation. This phrase originated and was widely used during World War I. It was for the most part replaced by the analogous term H-hour during World War II. As currently used, the expression often carries an implication of dread.
Time is what we measure in hours, days, years, etc.
You don't usually use time when you are saying how long something takes or lasts. Don't say, for example, 'The course took two years' time' or 'Each song lasts ten minutes' time'. Say 'The course took two years' or 'Each song lasts ten minutes'.
You can, however, use time when you are saying how long it will be before something happens. For example, you can say 'We are getting married in two years' time'.
Time is usually an uncountable noun, so don't use 'a' with it. Don't say, for example, 'I haven't got a time to go shopping'. Say 'I haven't got time to go shopping'.
However, you can use a with an adjective and time when you are showing how long something takes or lasts. You can say, for example, that something takes a long time or takes a short time.
You can also use expressions like these, with or without for, as adverbial phrases.
If you are enjoying yourself while you are doing something, you can say, for example, that you are having a good time.
You must use a in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, 'Aneesa was having wonderful time'.
Time is used with the or that and a qualifier to refer to the occasion when something happened or will happen.
When time has this meaning, you can use words like first or last in front of it.
Expressions such as the first time and the next time are often adverbial phrases.
Next time (without 'the') is also an adverbial.
If something happens on time, it happens at the right time or punctually.
Don't confuse on time with in time. If you are in time for a particular event, you are not late for it.
If something such as a job or task is finished in time, it is finished at or before the time when it should be finished.
In time has another meaning. You use it to say that something happens eventually, after a lot of time has passed.
Past participle: timed
|Noun||1.||time - an instance or single occasion for some event; "this time he succeeded"; "he called four times"; "he could do ten at a clip"|
|2.||time - a period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish something; "take time to smell the roses"; "I didn't have time to finish"; "it took more than half my time"|
|3.||time - an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities); "he waited a long time"; "the time of year for planting"; "he was a great actor in his time"|
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
day - some point or period in time; "it should arrive any day now"; "after that day she never trusted him again"; "those were the days"; "these days it is not unusual"
dead - a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense; "the dead of winter"
hard times - a time of difficulty
incarnation - time passed in a particular bodily form; "he believes that his life will be better in his next incarnation"
wee - a short time; "bide a wee"
while, spell, patch, piece - a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition; "he was here for a little while"; "I need to rest for a piece"; "a spell of good weather"; "a patch of bad weather"
mo, moment, second, minute, bit - an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"
ephemera - something transitory; lasting a day
space age - the age beginning with the first space travel; from 1957 to the present
|4.||time - a suitable moment; "it is time to go"|
moment, instant, minute, second - a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began"
high time - the latest possible moment; "it is high time you went to work"
occasion - the time of a particular event; "on the occasion of his 60th birthday"
|5.||time - the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past|
attribute - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
geologic time, geological time - the time of the physical formation and development of the earth (especially prior to human history)
biological time - the time of various biological processes
cosmic time - the time covered by the physical formation and development of the universe
civil time, local time, standard time - the official time in a local region (adjusted for location around the Earth); established by law or custom
daylight saving, daylight savings, daylight-saving time, daylight-savings time - time during which clocks are set one hour ahead of local standard time; widely adopted during summer to provide extra daylight in the evenings
nowadays, present - the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech; "that is enough for the present"; "he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow"
musical time - (music) the beat of musical rhythm
continuum - a continuous nonspatial whole or extent or succession in which no part or portion is distinct or distinguishable from adjacent parts
GMT, Greenwich Mean Time, Greenwich Time, universal time, UT, UT1 - the local time at the 0 meridian passing through Greenwich, England; it is the same everywhere
|6.||time - a person's experience on a particular occasion; "he had a time holding back the tears"; "they had a good time together"|
experience - an event as apprehended; "a surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention"
|7.||time - a reading of a point in time as given by a clock; "do you know what time it is?"; "the time is 10 o'clock"|
meter reading, reading, indication - a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument; "he could not believe the meter reading"; "the barometer gave clear indications of an approaching storm"
prime time - the hours between 7 and 11 p.m. when the largest tv audience is available
|8.||time - the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event|
dimension - the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
|9.||time - rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration|
rhythmicity - the rhythmic property imparted by the accents and relative durations of notes in a piece of music
|10.||time - the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned; "he served a prison term of 15 months"; "his sentence was 5 to 10 years"; "he is doing time in the county jail"|
term - a limited period of time; "a prison term"; "he left school before the end of term"
hard time - a term served in a maximum security prison
|Verb||1.||time - measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time; "he clocked the runners"|
mistime - time incorrectly; "She mistimed the marathon runner"
|2.||time - assign a time for an activity or event; "The candidate carefully timed his appearance at the disaster scene"|
schedule - plan for an activity or event; "I've scheduled a concert next week"
|3.||time - set the speed, duration, or execution of; "we time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely"|
|4.||time - regulate or set the time of; "time the clock"|
|5.||time - adjust so that a force is applied and an action occurs at the desired time; "The good player times his swing so as to hit the ball squarely"|
"But meanwhile it is flying, irretrievable time is flying" [Virgil Georgics]
"Time is the best medicine" [Ovid Remedia Amoris]
"Every instant of time is a pinprick of eternity" [Marcus Aurelius Meditations]
"Wait for that wisest of Counsellors, Time" [Pericles]
"To every thing there is a season, and a time"
"to every purpose under heaven:"
"A time to be born, and a time to die ..."
"A time to love, and a time to hate;"
"A time of war, and a time of peace" Bible: Ecclesiastes
"Come what may,"
"Time and the hour runs through the roughest day" [William Shakespeare Macbeth]
"time the subtle thief of youth" [John Milton Sonnet 7]
"Remember that time is money" [Benjamin Franklin Advice to a Young Tradesman]
"Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them" [Dion Boucicault London Assurance]
"The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time" [W.B. Yeats in memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz]
"Time goes, you say? Ah, no!"
"Alas, Time stays, we go" [Henry Austin Dobson The Paradox of Time]
"Time rushes by and yet time is frozen. Funny how we get so exact about time at the end of life and at its beginning" [Sister Helen Prejean]
"Time and tide wait for no man"
"Time flies (tempus fugit)"
"Time is a great healer"
"Time will tell"
I'm sorry, I haven't got time → Je suis désolé, je n'ai pas le temps.
I haven't got much time → Je n'ai pas beaucoup de temps.
in no time → en un rien de temps
It was ready in no time → Ça a été prêt en un rien de temps.
in next to no time (= very soon) → d'un moment à l'autre
for a long time (with perfect tense) → depuis longtemps; (with past tense) → pendant longtemps
Have you lived here for a long time? → Vous habitez ici depuis longtemps?
For a long time I didn't tell anyone → Pendant longtemps je n'ai rien dit à personne.
for a time → pendant un moment
He stayed for quite a time → Il est resté pendant un bon moment.
all the time → tout le temps
a period of time → un temps
a certain period of time → un certain temps
to spend time → passer du temps
to spend one's time doing sth → passer son temps à faire qch
to take time → prendre du temps
time passes → le temps passe
time off → un congé
He asked for time off to visit his sick mother → Il a demandé un congé pour aller voir sa mère malade.
in these difficult times → en ces temps difficiles
in Queen Victoria's time → au temps de la reine Victoria
during my time in Toronto → pendant le temps que j'ai passé à Toronto
at that time → en ce temps-là
at one time (= in the past) → à une époque
times have changed → les temps ont changé
to be behind the times → être en retard sur son temps
to be ahead of one's time → être en avance sur son temps
to be before sb's time → être avant l'époque de qn
That was before my time → C'était avant mon époque.
It was two o'clock, French time → Il était deux heures, heure française.
what time is it? → quelle heure est-il?
what time do you make it? → quelle heure avez-vous?
what time do you ... (= at what time) → à quelle heure vous ...
What time do you get up? → À quelle heure tu te lèves?
to ask sb the time → demander l'heure à qn
to tell the time → dire l'heure
on time → à l'heure
He never arrives on time → Il n'arrive jamais à l'heure.
to be 30 minutes behind time → avoir 30 minutes de retard
to be ahead of time → être en avance
time's up! → c'est l'heure!
This isn't a good time to ask him → Ce n'est pas le bon moment pour lui demander.
Is this a bad time? → Ce n'est peut-être pas le bon moment?
it is time for sb to do sth → il est temps pour qn de faire qch, il est temps que qn fasse qch
it is time to do sth → il est temps de faire qch
It's time to go → Il est temps de partir.
this is no time to ... → ce n'est pas le moment de ...
This was no time to make a speech → Ce n'était pas le moment de faire un discours.
any time, at any time → à tout moment
It could happen at any time → Cela pourrait arriver à tout moment.
by the time he arrived → le temps qu'il arrive
for the time being → pour le moment
the time has come → l'heure est venue
to be old before one's time → être vieux avant l'âge(vieille)
Do you remember that time when Adrian phoned up? → Tu te souviens de la fois où Adrian a téléphoné?
the last time (that)
the last time I saw her → la dernière fois que je l'ai vue
three times a day → trois fois par jour
this time → cette fois-ci
next time → la prochaine fois
any time (in offers, invitations) → quand vous voulez, quand tu veux
Come and see us any time → Venez nous voir quand vous voulez.
two at a time → deux à la fois
three steps at a time → quatre à quatre
I ran upstairs three steps at a time → J'ai monté l'escalier quatre à quatre.
how many times? → combien de fois?
time after time → à maintes reprises
from time to time → de temps en temps
at times → parfois
to have a good time → bien s'amuser
Did you have a good time? → Vous vous êtes bien amusés?
I had a great time while the kids were away → Je me suis bien amusé pendant que les enfants n'étaient pas là.
to have a terrible time doing sth, to have a terrible time trying to do sth → avoir un mal fou à faire qch
to be having a hard time → traverser une période difficile
They're having a pretty hard time at the moment → Ils traversent une période plutôt difficile.
we had a hard time → nous avons traversé une période difficile
what sort of time ... ?
What sort of time did you have last night? → Tu t'es bien amusé hier soir?
have a great time! → amusez-vous bien!
to have the time of one's life → passer des moments inoubliables
to have a better time (= get on better) → s'en sortir mieux
He would sort out his own problems, in time → À terme, il trouverait des solutions à ses propres problèmes.
in time for sth → à temps pour qch
We arrived in time for lunch → Nous sommes arrivés à temps pour le déjeuner.
just in time → juste à temps
in good time (= with time to spare) → en temps et en heure (= in due course) → en temps voulu
in a month's time → dans un mois
I'll come back in a month's time → Je reviendrai dans un mois.
in a year's time → dans un an
We can't be together all the time → On ne peut pas être ensemble tout le temps.
it's about time (that) → il est grand temps que + subj
It's about time he learnt to behave properly → Il est grand temps qu'il apprenne à se comporter correctement.
This is my favourite song of all time → Voilà la meilleure chanson de tous les temps pour moi.
the best film of all time → le meilleur film de tous les temps
5 times 5 → 5 fois 5
2 times 2 is 4 → Deux fois deux égalent quatre.
three times the size of sth → de trois fois la taille de qch
in time (with music, with other players) → en mesure
He was playing out of time with everyone else → Il ne jouait pas en mesure avec les autres.
to keep time → marquer la mesure
You took your time! (= were slow) → Tu as mis le temps!
I've no time for it → Je n'aime pas ça.
She has no time for people who don't do their jobs properly
BUT Elle n'a pas de temps à perdre avec les gens qui ne font pas leur travail convenablement.
to have a lot of time for sb → avoir beaucoup de respect pour qn
I have a lot of time for him → J'ai beaucoup de respect pour lui.
Don't try and hurry him - he'll do it in his own time → Ne le presse pas - il le fera à son rythme.
We had timed our visit for 7 March → Nous avions prévu notre visite pour le 7 mars.
to time sth well → bien calculer qch
to be timed to coincide with sth [event, action] → devoir coïncider avec qch
to be timed to go off [bomb] → être réglé(e) pour exploser
The bomb was timed to go off at 6 am → La bombe était réglée pour exploser à six heures du matin.
well-timed [remark, entrance, tackle, pass, run] → fait(e) au moment opportun
an ill-timed remark → une remarque inopportunetime-and-motion study n → étude f ergonomiquetime bomb n → bombe f à retardementtime check n → rappel m de l'heuretime clock n → horloge f pointeusetime-consuming [ˈtaɪmkənsjuːmɪŋ] adj
a time-consuming task → un travail qui prend du tempstime difference n → décalage m horairetime frame timeframe, time-frame [ˈtaɪmfreɪm] n → calendrier mtime-honoured [ˈtaɪmɒnərd] (British) time-honored (US) adj → consacré(e)
? all the time (= always) → immer; (= all along) → die ganze Zeit; I get them mixed up all the time → ich verwechsle sie immer; I knew that all the time → das wusste ich die ganze Zeit
? in good time to be in good time → rechtzeitig dran sein; let me know in good time → sagen Sie mir rechtzeitig Bescheid; all in good time → alles zu seiner Zeit
? in one’s own good time he’ll let you know in his own good time → er wird Ihnen Bescheid sagen, wenn er so weit ist; he does everything in his own good time → er lässt sich bei nichts hetzen
? a long time (for) a long time → lange; I’m going away for a long time → ich fahre für or auf längere Zeit weg; it’s a long time (since …) → es ist schon lange her(, seit …); what a (long) time you have been! → du hast (aber) lange gebraucht!
? a short time (for) a short time → kurz; a short time later → kurz darauf; a short time ago → vor Kurzem; in a short time they were all gone → nach kurzer Zeit waren alle gegangen
? for the time being (= provisionally) → vorläufig; (= temporarily) → vorübergehend
? time on one’s hands to have time on one’s hands → viel freie Zeit haben; too many people who have time on their hands → zu viele Leute, die zu viel freie Zeit haben; having time on my hands I went into a café → da ich (noch) Zeit hatte, ging ich ins Café
? the time of day to pass the time of day (with somebody) → (mit jdm) über Belanglosigkeiten reden; I wouldn’t even give him the time of day → ich würde ihm nicht einmal guten or Guten Tag sagen
? to tell the time (person) → die Uhr kennen; (instrument) → die Uhrzeit anzeigen; can you tell the time? → kennst du die Uhr?
? to make good time → gut or schnell vorankommen; if we get to Birmingham by 3 we’ll be making good time → wenn wir um 3 Uhr in Birmingham sind, sind wir ziemlich schnell
? about time it’s about time he was here (he has arrived) → es wird (aber) auch Zeit, dass er kommt; (he has not arrived) → es wird langsam Zeit, dass er kommt; (and) about time too! → das wird aber auch Zeit!
? ahead of time → zu früh; we are ahead of time → wir sind früh dran
? behind time → zu spät; we are behind time → wir sind spät dran
? at + time at any time during the day → zu jeder Tageszeit; not at this time of night! → nicht zu dieser nachtschlafenden Zeit or Stunde!; at one time → früher, einmal; at any time → jederzeit; come (at) any time → du kannst jederzeit kommen; at no time → niemals; at the same time (lit) → gleichzeitig; they arrived at the same time as us → sie kamen zur gleichen Zeit an wie wir; but at the same time, you must admit that … → aber andererseits müssen Sie zugeben, dass …; it was hard, but at the same time you could have tried → es war schwierig, aber Sie hätten es trotzdem versuchen können
? in/on time → rechtzeitig; to be in time for something → rechtzeitig zu etw kommen; on time → pünktlich; the trains are on time → die Züge fahren pünktlich
? to time the trains are running to time → die Züge fahren pünktlich
? time + come the time has come (to do something) → es ist an der Zeit(, etw zu tun); the time has come for us to leave → es ist Zeit für uns zu gehen; when the time comes → wenn es so weit ist; when her time comes (of pregnant woman) → wenn es (mit dem Baby) so weit ist; when my time comes (= when I die) → wenn meine Zeit gekommen ist; when the time comes for you to be the leader → wenn Sie an der Reihe sind, die Führung zu übernehmen
? at + times → manchmal; at all times → jederzeit, immer; at various times in the past → schon verschiedene Male or verschiedentlich
? between times (inf) → zwischendurch
? by the time by the time it had finished → als es zu Ende war; by the time we arrive, there’s not going to be anything left → bis wir ankommen, ist nichts mehr übrig
? by that time by that time we knew → da or inzwischen wussten wir es; by that time we’ll know → dann or bis dahin wissen wir es
? by this time → inzwischen; by this time next year/tomorrow → nächstes Jahr/morgen um diese Zeit
? from time to time, (US) time to time → dann und wann, von Zeit zu Zeit
? such time until such time as … → so lange bis …; until such time as you apologize → solange du dich nicht entschuldigst, bis du dich entschuldigst
? time of this time of the day/year → diese Tages-/Jahreszeit; at this time of the week/month → zu diesem Zeitpunkt der Woche/des Monats; it’s my or the time of the month (= period) → ich habe meine or die Tage (inf)
? time to now’s the time to do it → jetzt ist der richtige Zeitpunkt or die richtige Zeit, es zu tun; now’s my/your etc time to do it → jetzt habe ich/hast du etc Gelegenheit, es zu tun
? at a time they came in one/three etc at a time → sie kamen einzeln/immer zu dritt etc herein; four at a time → vier auf einmal; for weeks at a time → wochenlang
? a time (Brit) he pays me £10 a time → er zahlt mir jedes Mal £ 10; rides on the roundabout cost £2 a time → eine Fahrt auf dem Karussell kostet £ 2
? (the) next time → nächstes Mal, das nächste Mal; (the) next time I see you → wenn ich dich nächstes Mal or das nächste Mal sehe
? (the) last time → letztes Mal, das letzte Mal; (the) last time he was here → letztes Mal or das letzte Mal, als er hier war
? the times to be behind the times → rückständig sein, hinter dem Mond leben (inf); (= be out of touch) → nicht auf dem Laufenden sein; to keep up with the times → mit der Zeit gehen; (= keep in touch) → auf dem Laufenden bleiben
? a good time we had a good time → es war (sehr) schön, es hat uns (dat) → gut gefallen; he doesn’t look as though he’s having a good time → es scheint ihm hier nicht besonders gut zu gefallen; have a good time! → viel Vergnügen or Spaß!; to show somebody a good time → jdn ausführen; she’ll give you a good time for £30 → bei ihr kannst du dich für £ 30 amüsieren
time and space → il tempo e lo spazio
how time flies → come vola il tempo!
only time will tell → si saprà solo col tempo
time is on our side → il tempo è dalla nostra
all in good time → senza fretta
to have (the) time (to do sth) → avere il tempo (di fare qc)
to find the time for reading → trovare il tempo per leggere
I've no time for them (too busy) → non ho tempo da perdere con loro (contemptuous) → non li posso soffrire
I've no time for it (fig) → non ho tempo da perdere con cose del genere
he lost no time in doing it → l'ha fatto subito senza perdere tempo
it takes time to ... → ci vuole tempo per...
to take one's time → prenderla con calma
time is money (Proverb) → il tempo è denaro
he'll do it in his own (good) time (without being hurried) → lo farà quando ha (un minuto di) tempo
he'll do it in his own time (out of working hours) → lo farà nel suo tempo libero
my time is my own → dispongo del mio tempo
a long time → molto tempo
a long time ago → molto tempo fa
a short time → poco tempo
in a short time she will have left → fra poco sarà partita
in a short time they were all gone → nel giro di poco tempo se ne erano andati tutti
a short time after → poco tempo dopo
for a time → per un po' di tempo
have you been here all this time? → sei stato qui tutto questo tempo?
for the time being → per il momento
in no time → in un attimo
in a week's time → fra una settimana
any time → in qualsiasi momento
come any time you like → vieni quando vuoi
any time now → da un momento all'altro
at that time → allora, a quel tempo
at the present time → al momento, adesso
at this time of the year → in questo periodo dell'anno
(by) this time next year → in questo periodo l'anno prossimo
by the time he arrived → quando è arrivato
at the same time (simultaneously) → contemporaneamente
but at the same time, I have to admit ... → tuttavia devo ammettere...
at the same time as → nello stesso momento in cui
at times → a volte
at all times → in ogni momento, sempre
from time to time → di tanto in tanto
now is the time to go to Venice → questo è il periodo or momento giusto per andare a Venezia
the time has come to leave → è arrivato il momento or l'ora di partire
this is no time for jokes → non è il momento di scherzare
this is neither the time nor the place to discuss it → non è né il luogo né il momento adatto per discuterne
what time do you make it? → che ora fai?
have you got the (right) time? → hai l'ora (esatta)?
what's the time?, what time is it? → che ora è?, che ore sono?
in time (soon enough) → in tempo (after some time) → col tempo
to arrive (just) in time for dinner → arrivare (appena) in tempo per cena
on time (person) → puntuale (train) → in orario
it's time for the news (on radio) → c'è il giornale radio (on television) → c'è il telegiornale
time's up! → è (l')ora!
to be 30 minutes behind/ahead of time → avere 30 minuti di ritardo/anticipo
about time too! → era anche ora!
it was about time you had a haircut → era proprio ora che ti tagliassi i capelli
in modern times → nell'era moderna
in Elizabethan times → nel periodo elisabettiano
in my time → ai miei tempi
during my time at HarperCollins → quando ero alla HarperCollins
it was before my time → non ero ancora nata
times were hard → erano tempi duri
in times to come → nel tempo a venire
to be ahead of one's time → precorrere i tempi
to be behind the times → essere rimasto/a indietro
to have a bad or rough time (of it) → passarsela male
they had a hard time of it → è stata dura per loro
three times → tre volte
this/next time → questa/la prossima volta
the last time I did it → l'ultima volta che l'ho fatto
time after time, time and again → mille volte
many's the time ... → più di una volta...
I remember the time when ... → ricordo ancora quando...
for weeks at a time → per settimane
to carry 3 boxes at a time → portare 3 scatole per volta
to play/march in time → suonare/marciare a tempo
to keep time → andare a tempo
to be out of time → essere or andare fuori tempo
the footballer timed his shot perfectly → il giocatore ha calcolato il tiro alla perfezione
the bomb was timed to explode 5 minutes later → la bomba era stata regolata in modo da esplodere 5 minuti più tardi
time→ وَقْت čas, doba klokken, tid Uhrzeit, Zeit χρόνος, ώρα hora, tiempo aika heure, temps vrijeme ora, tempo 時刻, 時間 시간 tijd tid czas, godzina hora, tempo время klockan, tid เวลา saat, zaman giờ, thời gian 时间