#IOTW: Idioms related to time (2)

  1. Eleventh hour. Meaning: when something happens at the very last minute.
    • Example:
      • I finished my test at the eleventh hour. It was so close that the lecture is about to leave.
  2. Donkey’s years. Meaning: to define something that happens over a very long period of time.
    • Example:
      • Hey, where have you been? I haven’t seen you for donkey’s years.
  3. Against the clock. Meaning: being rushed and have very little time to do it.
    • Example:
      • I worked day and night against the clock to get this presentation finished on time.
  4. Around the clock. Meaning: it is open 24 hours a day.
    • Example:
      • The coffee shop around the corner is the best. They will serve you around the clock.
  5. Once in a blue moon. Meaning: something happens very rarely.
    • Example:
      • I only go to see movies once in a blue moon.
  6. Beat the clock. Meaning: succeed in something before time is up.
    • Example:
      • Luckily I can beat the clock and arrive a few minutes before the examination started.
  7. Behind the times. Meaning: old fashioned or antiquated, as in manner, beliefs, style, etc.
    • Example:
      • What’s with your dress tonight? It’s kind of behind the times.


Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Sunday, November 15, 2015


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