We all value our time, because there is always a lack of it. English language is extremely rich in idioms related to time. Idioms are expressions that cannot be translated literally. The meaning of the idiom is perceived only as a speech construction linked together. For example, how would you understand the idiom against the clock? - It means rushing to do something in a timely manner. So, as you can see, you need to translate idioms only based on their figurative meaning, but not literally. If you are not sure about the translation of this or that idiom, then it is better to clarify it in the dictionary.
Now let's look at the common idioms about time.
- time flies
During the day I can’t notice how quickly time flies.
- for donkey’s years – for ages;
We haven’t seen each other for donkey’s years.
- time is money;
Hurry up! Time is money. The train departs soon.
- in due time – within the deadline;
I need to make my report for the chief in due time.
- on the dot – just in time;
John always comes to work on the dot. He has never been late.
- from dawn to dusk;
The author wrote his novel from dawn to dusk.
- a matter of time;
You don’t have to worry about her refusal. Certainly she will agree. It is just a matter of time.
- big time – big success;
A new science fiction film includes many famous actors. Definitely it will have big time.
- better late than never;
I have been expecting my parcel for the whole week, and finally today it has come. Better late than never.
- in a flash – extremely fast;
When he writes her messages, she always answers in a flash.
- turn back the hands of time – turn back time;
To live further you need to forget this accident. It is impossible to turn back the hands of time.
- lost time is never found again – if you waste your time it’s impossible to get it back;
If you had paid more attention in preparation to your exams, you would have passed them. Now you wasted too much time. Lost time is never found again.
- the darkest hour is just before the dawn – never lose hope;
Even if you failed this time, it doesn’t mean you will fail next time as well. The darkest hour is just before the dawn.
- once in a blue moon – very rarely;
In our company the employer remembers once in a blue moon when his employees have birthdays.
- it is too late to lock the stable door when the horse is stolen – you should do everything in time, not when smth bad has happened;
You shouldn't figure out whose seat this is. The manager has already indicated who owns this table. It is too late to lock the stable door when the horse is stolen.
- time heals all wounds – you tend to forget bad things in some period of time;
A little time will pass and you will no longer remember that you lost this job, because time heals all wounds.
- waste time - to spend time not effectively or not wisely;
Don't you really understand that playing computer games you waste your time?
Author: German Goryaynov