Time flies

Definition

The idiom ‘time flies’ is used to describe the phenomenon of time passing quickly, usually due to having fun or being busy.

Examples

Time flies when we’re having fun!

The summer break went by so quickly – time really does fly!

I can’t believe how quickly time flies when you’re busy with work.

Origin

This idiom has been used since the mid-1700s, and is likely derived from the old English phrase ‘time flieth away’ which was used in a moralistic sense, encouraging people to be mindful of how quickly time passes.

FAQs

What does ‘time flies’ mean?

Answer: It means that time passes quickly.

What is the origin of the idiom ‘time flies’?

Answer: The idiom has been used since the mid-1700s, and is likely derived from the old English phrase ‘time flieth away’.