Time will tell

Idiom

Time will tell

Definition

This idiom is used to express that the results of a situation or action can only be known in the future.

Examples

It’s too early to tell whether the new policy will be successful or not – time will tell.

We’ll have to wait and see if John is capable of taking on the new role – time will tell.

Origin

This idiom originated from the 14th century, when it was first used in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Middle English poem, Troilus and Criseyde.

FAQs

Q: How can I use the idiom ‘time will tell’?

A: You can use this idiom to express that the results of a situation or action can only be known in the future.