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Feb 01 2016

American Idioms from Time – English Lessons Houston

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Idioms from Time – Lesson 3


Hello Students!


In today’s lesson, we will learn more about idioms. Using idioms is a vital way the English language is used, and the more you use and understand them, the greater you English speaking skills will be.


 “To kill time” – to wait for something to happen, to waste time    Time idioms 2

We arrived at the movie one hour early, so to kill time, we took a walk.

“take time out” – to rest or relax for a short time

Ricardo took time out from his studies to go see the new Star Wars movie.


 “to make time” – to do something that you did not plan to do

I am very busy today, but I will make time to go and visit my sister who is in the hospital.


time idioms  “time flies” – time goes by very quickly

Time flies when you’re having fun!”


in the nick of time”– when something happens before it’s too late

My boss arrived for the meeting in the nick of time, just 1 minute before it started.



beat the clock” and also “ahead of time” – to complete something early, before it is due

My report was due at 5:00 p.m., but I beat the clock and turned it in at 1:00 p.m.

My report was due at 5:00 p.m., but I finished ahead of time, at 1:00 p.m.

in no time” – very quickly

I promised my team that I would finish my project in no time.

Time idioms 3

to take one’s time” – to do something slowly and carefully

When I go shopping, I like to take my time to look around.

“it’s about time” – to say that something or someone is late

I finally got a promotion to Team leader.  It’s about time – I’ve been waiting for two years!


time’s up” – there is no time left for something

At the end of one hour, our director called “time’s up” and the meeting was over.


That’s our lesson on Idioms from Time!  If you come to Houston, Texas in the USA and you need private English lessons, contact Worldwide English at http://englishlessons-houston.com  or call 713-993-6511.

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