time is up

The period of time allowed for something is ended, as in Turn in your papers, students; time is up. This idiom uses up in the sense of “completed” or “expired,” a usage dating from about 1400.


Nearby words

  1. time heals all wounds,
  2. time immemorial,
  3. time is money,
  4. time is of the essence,
  5. time is ripe,
  6. time killer,
  7. time lag,
  8. time lamp,
  9. time limit,
  10. time loan

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