all the time

Idioms & Phrases

all the time

  1. Also, all the while. Throughout a specific period, as in All the time the music was playing she tapped her foot, or The baby slept all the while the fire was being put out. [Late 1400s]

  2. Continuously, without interruption, as in That old refrigerator is running all the time.

  3. Frequently, repeatedly, as in He goes to that store all the time.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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