in time

Idioms & Phrases

in time

In addition to the idiom beginning with in time, also see at this point (in time); in due time; in good time; in the nick of (just in) time; on time; stitch in time.

American Heritage
Idioms & Phrases

in time

  1. Before a time limit expires, early enough, as in His speech begins at eight, so we've arrived in time. It is often put as in time for, as in Please come in time for dinner. [Second half of 1400s] Also see in good time.

  2. Eventually, within an indefinite period, as in In time you'll see that Dad was right. [c. 1450] Also see in due course.

  3. In the proper musical tempo or rhythm, as in It's important to dance in time to the music. [c. 1700]

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