Time stands still

Idiom

Time stands still

Definition

It means that time passes slowly and nothing happens or changes.

Examples

It feels like time stands still when I’m waiting for an important email.

We’ve been stuck in this traffic for hours – it’s like time stands still.

I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone by – it’s like time stands still.

Origin

The origin of this phrase is uncertain, but it is thought to have originated in the early 20th century.

FAQs

Question

What does the phrase ‘time stands still’ mean?

Answer

It means that time passes slowly and nothing happens or changes.

Question

What is the origin of this phrase?

Answer

The origin of this phrase is uncertain, but it is thought to have originated in the early 20th century.