Time is ticking

Idiom

Time is ticking

Definition

This idiom is used to express that time is passing quickly and that something needs to be done quickly before it is too late.

Examples

The grant application deadline is tomorrow – time is ticking!

We need to find a way to finish this project before the end of the week – time is ticking!

Origin

This phrase is believed to have originated in the mid-1800s.

FAQs

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When should I use this phrase?

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You can use this phrase when you need to remind someone that time is passing quickly and that something needs to be done quickly before it is too late.

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What does it mean when someone says ‘time is ticking’?

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When someone says ‘time is ticking’ it means that time is passing quickly and that something needs to be done quickly before it is too late.