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Learn English: Time idioms

Time idioms
Learn about commonly used time idioms.

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What do English speakers mean when they say 'time flies' or that they're 'in the nick of time'? Read on to discover commonly used idioms and phrases that relate to time.

'On time' is used to talk about something that is scheduled to be completed by a specified time.

'In time ' is used when we want to say we are not going to be late.

'In the nick of time' means to do something and just manage to make a deadline.

Times flies
'Time flies' is a phrase that's commonly used in everyday English.

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'Time flies' means that time went by really quickly.

'Race against the clock' means to do something in a really short amount of time. You're usually also doing it in a rush.

'Running' is also used in phrases to do with time. 'Running late' means that you are going to be late. 'Running out of time' means to not have enough time to do whatever you are doing.

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