There are so many words and phrases related with time that I don’t know where to start. Here I only listed a few that I consider the most commonly and regularly used. If you have any words or phrases you’d like to add, please leave me a comment.
anachronism: an act of attributing a custom, event, or object to a period to which it does not belong.
crunch time: a critical moment or period
borrowed time: an uncertain and usually uncontrolled postponement of something inevitable
ahead of (one’s) time: said of someone or something that has an innovative approach or style or one that the world is not ready for.
time warp: an anomaly, discontinuity, or suspension held to occur in the progress of time.
bide (one’s) time: be patient
buy time: postpone an event for one’s advantage
in the fullness of time: after enough time passes
time bomb: something that will inevitably result in a negative consequence
kill time: to spend time doing something while one is waiting
when the time is ripe: when the time is appropriate
beat the clock: to do or finish something quickly before a particular time
better late than never: It is better to do something after it was supposed to have been done than not to do it at all.
in the nick of time: Just in time.
crack of dawn: a time very early in the morning; daybreak
the eleventh hour: the latest possible time before it is too late still making changes
once in a blue moon: very rarely
in the blink of an eye: very quickly
payback time: a time for punishment for something that was done in the past
About The Past
antiquity: the ancient past, especially the period before the Middle Ages.
time immemorial: used to refer to a point of time in the past that was so long ago that people have no knowledge or memory of it.
down memory lane: an imaginary path through the nostalgically remembered past
antediluvian: of or belonging to the time before the biblical Flood.
antebellum: occurring or existing before a particular war, especially the American Civil War.
About The Present And The Future
contemporary: belonging to or occurring in the present.
bad hair day: a day on which everything seems to go wrong, characterized as a day on which one’s hair is particularly unmanageable.
same old same old: used to say that a situation or someone’s behavior remains the same, especially when it is boring or annoying
prospective: (of a person) expected or expecting to be something particular in the future.
speculation: the forming of a theory or conjecture without firm evidence. This word is often used on the future when things are up for speculations.
right around the corner: It will happen very soon.
keep fingers crossed: To hope that nothing will happen to bring bad luck or to ruin one’s plans
time will tell: the truth or correctness of something will only be established at some time in the future.
Sundial: an instrument showing the time by the shadow of a pointer cast by the sun on to a plate marked with the hours of the day.
Water Clock: a clock that used the flow of water to measure time
Hour Glass: an invertible device with two connected glass bulbs containing sand that takes an hour to pass from the upper to the lower bulb.
Pendulum Clocks: A pendulum clock is a clock that uses a pendulum, a swinging weight, as its timekeeping element.
Time Machine: A time machine is not a timepiece. It is (in science fiction) a machine capable of transporting a person backward or forward in time.
Time Keepers: a person who measures or records the amount of time taken, especially in a sports competition.
Atomic Clock: Atomic clocks are the most precise timekeepers in the world. These exquisite instruments use lasers to measure the vibrations of atoms, which oscillate at a constant frequency.