English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - T
|for the time being||If
you talk about how a situation is for
the time being,
you mean that it is temporary and will
probably change in the future.
Laura has left John and is living with her parents for the time being.
|in one's own sweet time||If you do something
in your own sweet time, you take as
long as you please to do it in spite of the
orders or wishes of others.
Okay, I'll do it - but in my own sweet time!
|since time immemorial||If something has
existed since time immemorial, it
has been there for such a long time that
nobody can recall a time without it.
I don't know when that bridge was built. It's been there since time immemorial.
|time is ticking away||The expression
'time is ticking away' can be used when
you see the minutes or seconds going by as
the clock ticks, especially when you are
waiting anxiously for something to happen.
We need to intervene before it's too late. Time's ticking away.
|time-honoured practice||A custom that is
universally respected, or a traditional way
of doing something, is called a
Guests were greeted according to a time-honored practice.
|stuck in a time warp||Something that has
not changed at all from some time in the
past, when everything else has, is caught or
stuck in a time warp.
This place seem to be stuck in a time warp. It's exactly as it was in the 1950's.
|tip of the iceberg||The tip of the
iceberg is the part that is known of a
problem or situation which is thought to be
much more serious.
Journalists say that the report on corruption only examines the tip of the iceberg.
|tit for tat||This expression
refers to an injury or insult given in
return for one received.
"He kicked me, so I kicked him - it was tit for tat!" said the boy.
|toe the line||If
someone toes the line, they obey
the rules and accept the principles laid
down by a person, group or organisation.
If you want to stay in this school, you'll have to learn to toe the line.
|toing and froing||Someone who is
toing and froing is either repeatedly
going from one place to another and coming
back, or is constantly changing their mind
After months of toing and froing, a compromise was reached between the two parties.
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