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tempus fugit

[ tem-poos -foo-git; English tem-puhs -fyoo-jit ]
/ ˈtɛm pʊs ˈfu gɪt; English ˈtɛm pəs ˈfyu dʒɪt /
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Latin.

time flies.

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Origin of tempus fugit

First recorded in 1790–1800; a phrase that occurs in Vergil's Georgics, a poem about farming and country life published around 29 b.c.

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British Dictionary definitions for tempus fugit

tempus fugit
/ Latin (ˈtɛmpəs ˈfjuːdʒɪt, -ɡɪt) /

time flies
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