Languages › English as a Second Language Idioms and Expressions for the Word "Time" Share Flipboard Email Print Anthony Harvie/Getty Images English as a Second Language Vocabulary Basic Conversations for English Language Learners Pronunciation & Conversation Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated August 19, 2019 The following idioms and expressions use 'time'. Each idiom or expression has a definition and two example sentences to help to understand these common idiomatic expressions with 'time'. Once you have studied these expressions, test your knowledge with quiz testing idioms and expressions with time. Ahead of One's Time Definition: To be more talented than others recognize.He's ahead of his time. No one knows how important his discoveries are.She's always felt that she was ahead of her time, so she isn't disappointed. Ahead of Time Definition: Before the agreed-upon time.I think we'll get there ahead of time.Wow, we're ahead of time today. Let's keep it up! All in Good Time Definition: Within a reasonable amount of time.I'll get to you all in good time. Please be patient.Her professor kept on saying that she'd be successful, but that it would be all in good time. At a Set Time Definition: At an agreed-upon time.We'll meet at the set time.Let's make sure that we meet at a set time. At All Times Definition: AlwaysMake sure to keep your seat belts on at all times.Students need to pay attention at all times. At the Appointed Time Definition: At an agreed-upon time.We'll meet at the appointed time and place.Did you get into the doctor's office at the appointed time? Behind the Times Definition: Not fashionable, not up on current fashions.My Dad is so behind the times!She dresses like it was the 70s she's behind the times! To Bide One's Time Definition: To wait.I'm biding my time until he arrives.She decided to bide her time in a shop. From Time to Time Definition: OccasionallyI like playing golf from time to time.Petra speaks with Tom from time to time. Have the Time of One's Life Definition: Have a fantastic experience.My daughter had the time of her life in Disneyland.Believe me. You're going to have the time of your life. Keep Time Definition: Keep the beat in music.Can you keep time while we practice this piece?He kept time with his foot. Live on Borrowed Time Definition: To live dangerously.He's living on borrowed time if he keeps that up!She felt she was living on borrowed time because she smoked. Make Time for Something or Someone Definition: Create a period of time especially for a thing or person.I need to make some extra time for reading.I'll make time for you on Saturday. Out of Time Definition: Not having any more time available.I'm afraid we're out of time for today.You're out of time for that competition. Pressed for Time Definition: To not have a lot of time to do something.I'm pressed for time today. Hurry up!She couldn't see me because she was pressed for time. Time Is Money Definition: An expression meaning that someone's time is important.Remember that time is money, let's hurry up.Time is money, Tim. If you want to talk, it's going to cost you. When the Time Is Ripe Definition: When it is the proper time.We'll get there when the time is ripe!Don't worry you'll be successful when the time is ripe. Once you have studied these expressions, test your knowledge with quiz testing idioms and expressions with time.