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time flies

Time passes quickly, as in It's midnight already? Time flies when you're having fun, or I guess it's ten years since I last saw you—how time flies. This idiom was first recorded about 1800 but Shakespeare used a similar phrase, “the swiftest hours, as they flew,” as did Alexander Pope, “swift fly the years.”
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  • On the other hand, when life is active and stirring, time flies.

  • But time flies, and the hour is come to get ready the midday dinner.

  • Hesper, he said, I must not tarry longer, for time flies rapidly.

    Hesper, the Home-Spirit Elizabeth Doten
  • It is astonishing how time flies when you are looking in bee-hives.

    Windfalls (AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner
  • Recovering his equanimity he added: "time flies and the King waits."

    L. P. M. J. Stewart Barney
  • Why do we always say that time flies quickly when we are happy?

    Fan W.H. Hudson (AKA Henry Harford)
  • Why, the people who say that time flies when it is spent in pleasant company.

    Once Aboard The Lugger Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
  • In fifteen, now, I guess because ‘time flies’ fairly away from me.

    Dorothy on a House Boat Evelyn Raymond

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