1) a waste of time
meaning: not likely to have a satisfactory result;
e.g.: Talking to him is a complete waste of time.
2) time flies
meaning: time passes very quickly;
e.g.: Time flies when I am with you.
3) once upon a time
meaning: -used to describe something that happened in the past;
-it is also used to begin children’s stories;
e.g.: Once upon a time there was a fairyland where everything was bright and colourful.
4) to have the time of your life
meaning: – to enjoy yourself very much;
e.g.: I have had the time of my life dancing with you all night.
5) in the right place at the right time
meaning: -when something happens by luck or someone is given an unexpected chance;
e.g.: He claims to have met Madonna. He must have been in the right place at the right time.
6) behind the times
meaning: – describes someone who is old fashioned or has out-dated ideas;
e.g.: My parents can’t understand my ideas, they are really behind the times.
7) call time
meaning: – if you call time on something it means that it is time to end it;
– to announce that it is time for a bar to close;
e.g.: This is the singer who has called time on her career.
8) save time
meaning: – to do something the quick way;
e.g.: Does it save time if we take the path through the wood?
9) time is money
meaning: -time is very valuable and precious;
e.g.: I am sorry I can’t talk to you very much. Time is money, I have to start working as soon as possible.
10) do time/ serve time
meaning: – describes somebody’s sentence in prison;
e.g.: He is doing time for robbing a bank.
11) on time
meaning:- at the planned time;
e.g.: Even if I lost the bus I managed to arrive at the meeting right on time.
12) in time (for something)
meaning: – early enough to do something;
e.g.: The police arrived at the scene just in time to catch the thief.
13) lose time
meaning- fall behind planned schedule because of delays;
e.g.: We lost a lot of valuable time waiting for her to call us.
14) to run out of time
meaning: – there is no time left to do something, the deadline has been reached;
e.g.: I think you should hurry in completing your paper because you are running out of time.
15) from time to time
meaning: – occasionally , not very often;
e.g.: I like to visit my neighbours from time to time.
16) be time for something
meaning: – be enough time to do something;
e.g.: There is time for one more question.
17) kill time
meaning: – when you do something to amuse yourself or to pass time while you are waiting for something or someone;
e.g.: What can we do to kill time while waiting for her?
18) high time
meaning: -you can say this when you think something should have been done already;
e.g.: It’s high time you took a break, you have been working for 8 hours.
19) take your time
meaning: – do something without hurrying;
e.g.: Take your time. There is no rush.
20) time after time
meaning: – to do something repeatedly;
e.g.: He is so annoying, he makes the same bad jokes time after time!
21) in one’s own time
meaning: -to take as long as you want to;
e.g.: I will clean the room but I’ll do it in my own time.
22) take time (for something)
meaning: -needs a long period of time;
e.g.: Reading a novel takes time.
23) stand the test of time
meaning: -describes something that lasts or continues to work well for a long time;
e.g.: This old radio has really stood the test of time. My grandfather gave it to me as a present when I was a child.
24) have time on his side
meaning: -you can afford to wait before doing something;
e.g.: There is plenty of time for you to get married. At twenty yeas old you still have time on your side.
25) have time (for something)
meaning: – have enough time to do something;
e.g.: I don’t have time to talk to you right now.
26) catch someone at a bad time
meaning: to interrupt somebody at an inconvenient time;
e.g.: I am just leaving, you caught me at a bad time.
27) have a good/great time
meaning: -enjoy yourself very much;
e.g.: I had a very good time at your party. Thank you for inviting me!
28) time is of the essence
meaning: when timing and meeting deadlines are essential;
e.g.: We have to start our project right away, time is of the essence.
29) the right/correct time
meaning: the correct time on a watch or a clock;
e.g.: Is that the right time? I am sorry for being late!
30) as time goes by
meaning: as time passes;
e.g.: As time has gone by, I have become less interested in going out with his friends.
31) only a matter of time
meaning: it will definitely happen sooner or later;
eg: He is very sick. It’s only a matter of time before he dies.
32) time will tell
meaning: the passing of time will show the result;
e.g.: Only time will tell if you are going to stand beside me through both heaven and hell.
33) the time is ripe
meaning: – it is the best time to do something;
e.g.: The prices of the houses have decreased this year. I think the time is ripe for us to buy a house.
34) third time is the charm
meaning: – the third time when you try something it will work;
e.g.: I want to get married again. The third time is the charm.