meter is running, the

Costs or other consequences are accumulating, as in We'd better come to a decision soon, for the meter is running. This metaphoric expression alludes to the fare mounting up on a taxi meter. [Late 1900s]


Nearby words

  1. meteorologist,
  2. meteorology,
  3. meteorotropic,
  4. meter,
  5. meter angle,
  6. meter maid,
  7. meter-candle,
  8. meter-candle-second,
  9. meter-kilogram-second,
  10. meter-kilogram-second system

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