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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Definitions for tempus fugit

  1. Latin. time flies.

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Citations for tempus fugit
Well, tempus fugit; let us be going. We have just an hour to reach our dining-hall. Ruth McEnery Stuart, "Two Gentlemen of Leisure," Moriah's Mourning, 1898
"Thank you! Thank you!" you call to the woman, "but tempus fugit and to be honest, it's fugiting rather quickly for me at the moment ..." Herbie Brennan, RomanQuest, 2011
Origin of tempus fugit
One cannot get more classical than tempus fugit “time flies,” a phrase that occurs in the Georgics, a poem about farming and country life published around 29 b.c. by the Roman poet Vergil (70-19 b.c.). Tempus fugit entered English in the late 18th century.