Idioms about Time
1. Nine-to-five job
Nina works a nine-to-five job.
Nine-to-five jobs are boring. I’d rather run my own business.
A nine-to-five job suits you best if you don’t like traveling and adventure.
2. At the eleventh hour
He always changes his decisions at the eleventh hour.
It’s impossible for me to handle this issue. Please don’t change at the eleventh hour.
The last point was scored at the eleventh hour. How lucky they are!
3. Like clockwork
I’m used to this paperwork, so everything goes like clockwork.
As long as things go like clockwork, we’ll finish on time.
Every day at 5 a.m., like clockwork, he goes to the gym. He’s such a healthy man.
4. Time flies.
It’s been seven years since I last saw him. Time flies.
Time flies, girls. Enjoy life while you still can.
I can’t believe that your youngest kid is about 20 now. Time flies.
5. Better late than never.
‘His birthday was last week. Would you like to send him something?’ ‘Oh, really? I didn’t know that. I’ll send him a postcard. Better late than never.’
‘Why are you so late? We’ve been waiting for two hours.’ ‘I’m sorry. I got stuck in traffic but better late than never, right?’
I know it’s too late to say sorry but I guess better late than never.
6. In the long (short) run
Smoking can harm your health. You may run a great risk of lung cancer in the long run.
Investing in networking can benefit you in the long run.
He may feel happy about his new relationship in the short run but I’m sure later on he’ll regret what he’s done to me.
7. Beat the clock
Hurry up! We can’t be late for this important meeting. We need to beat the clock.
Our new campaign will be launched in 4 days. Let’s beat the clock.
If you want to win the race, you have to beat the clock.
8. Make up for lost time
We need to work harder to make up for lost time.
I didn’t have time to take care of my family, so I’m certainly making up for lost time.
My grandpa didn’t travel a lot when he was young, so he’s determined to make up for lost time.