(it's) about time


1. at or past the point when something should have happened






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it's about time you got here!

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 This expression is most commonly used in a social situation, and emphasizes that something should happen soon or should have happened a long time ago. There is a key difference in how those two variations are delivered in speech. If you are using 'about time' to say that something should happen soon, you would usually say it in a neutral tone of voice. If, however, you are saying that something should have happened a long time ago, the tone is often one of impatience, anger or excitement. An alternative expression is 'it's high time.'  

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  1. Well, it's about time you got here! I've been waiting over an hour for you!
  2. Isn't it about time you got a job? You can't just sit around watching TV all day.
  3. Person A: "Did you hear the news? I asked Lisa to marry me." Person B: "About time! I thought you'd never pluck up the courage!"

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  1. I think it's about time I asked for a raise. I've been here for two years now.

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