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high time

the appropriate time or past the appropriate time:
It's high time he got out of bed. Unabridged
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  • If you have any right to be among gentlemen, it is high time for you to show it.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Dorothy, my dear, it's high time you returned to your father's protection.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • It was high time for them to go down, for they met Olivo coming up.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • It was high time, for the bears were furiously engaged in the work of demolition.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • Here our conference ended, for it was now high time to prepare for church.

British Dictionary definitions for high time

high time

the latest possible time; a time that is almost too late: it's high time you mended this shelf
Also called high old time. an enjoyable and exciting time
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Idioms and Phrases with high time

high time

The appropriate time for something; also, past the appropriate time. For example, It's high time we did something about Martha's dog , or It's high time you children were in bed . The precise meaning of this term depends on the tone of voice and/or the context. For a synonym, see about time
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