Idiomatic Expressions Of Time

The idiomatic expresions of time, use of since, before and ago in sentences, the idioms about time and meanings.

Expressions without preposition;
* He has ten pounds a month.: He earns ten pound in a month
* He means to go home next week / next Saturday week.
* An hour after you left the rain came on.
* It rained all night.
* His brother was married yesterday morning.
* Aeneas left Troy the very night it was taken.
* She lived with them two years.
* I was sent for the other morning, i.e. one morning.

Expressions with prepositions;
* The heat was intense at two o’clock.
* He went off on Friday. (Cuma günü gitti.)
* I expect an answer to my application by the end of June.
* We were in church a little before the clock struck eight.
* We shall arrive in less than half an hour.

Expressions with SINCE, BEFORE, AGO

* He has been ill since Tuesday.
* He went to Calcutta two months ago.
* The prince’s health is no worse than before.

Various Expressions;

A little time ago / a little while ago:
A long time ago / a long while ago:
Long, long ago: (= a very long time past).
In course of time: (= in process of time, as time wears on).
In an instant / in a moment / in a second: (= in a very brief space of time).
In an instant:(— at once, without a moment’s delay).
On the spur of the moment: (= at once, without a moment’s reflection, impulsively).
In the nick of time: (= just before it would have been too late).
* A ship picked him up in the nick of time.
To be in time / to be in good time:(= to be early enough).
* The farmer tries to get in his crops in good time.
* He came in time to see the fireworks.
* The cheat is in time found out, i.e. eventually found out.
In times gone by: (=in times indefinitely past, a long time ago).
* He applied for a job time after time.
* I have met him in the street many a time.
At times:(= sometimes).
At all times:(= always).
At stated times:(= at regular intervals, at fixed periods).
* Complaints have been made against this man from time to time.
By and by: (= after a little while).
Ever and anon:(= time after time, repeatedly, though infrequently).
* Ever and anon the tolling of a bell was heard.
Every now and then:(= occasionally)
* He gets into difficulties every now and then.
The dead of night: (= midnight).
At the eleventh hour:(=at the latest available time).
* The arrangements are on the eve of completion.
To spend time / to pass the time:
* This man has spent three hours in consulting a timetable.
* She has gone to pass the morning with her friend.
A man loses time:
To waste time: (=to spend time uselessly).
To kill time:
Spare time: (=time to spare, leisure).
* He has plenty of time on his hands, i.e. he has plenty of leisure.
* I had time enough to do my work in, i.e. I had enough time to do it.
* Time hangs heavy on his hands, i.e. he finds it difficult to use his time.
For about a year: in about a year:
* He has been in Ceylon for about two years. / He has been in Ceylon two years or so.
Some ten days after the ceremony:
To beat time:
* The feet of the dancers beat time / keep time to the music.
to Sing in time:
* He is working against time.
* This newspaper is out of date.
Time out of mind / time immemorial:
* He tries to make the best of his time. / He tries to make the most of his time.
* He will be here in no time.
To have an easy time of it: (= to live in quiet and comfort, to lead a life of ease and to be without worry or hard work)
* So long as Mr. Brown was the manager the clerks had an easy time of it, but there was a change when his successor came in.
To take one’s time: (= not to be in a hurry).
To bide one’s time: (= to wait patiently for a favourable opportunity).
* The deer are coming and the tiger is in the thicket biding his time.
To serve one’s time:
* My time is up and I must go.
* Take your time, i.e. don’t be in a hurry: acele etmeyin.
* It is time we were there, i.e. we ought to have been there by this time.
To take time by the forelock:
* Time is painted with a lock before and bald behind, signifying thereby that we must take time by the forelock; for when it is once past there is no recalling it.
His time is come.: He is about to die
To number one’s days:(= to have regard to the shortness of human life; to consider one’s latter end).
* Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.’ (Psalm xc. 12)
* His days are numbered, i.e. he is soon to die / his end is near.

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