Business English – time idioms
There are a lot of idioms talking about time as if it were money.
You can spend time.
*I spent 3 hours doing that.
You can waste time.
*I wasted an hour waiting for her.
Time can be a waste.
*It’s not worth going. The whole exhibition is a waste of time.
You can value time.
*I value every minute I get to spend with my baby.
You can run out of time.
*I didn’t get the project finished as I would have liked. I ran out of time.
You can spare time.
*Can you spare me a few minutes?
Time can be precious.
*I travel a lot so the time I spend at home is very precious to me.
You can afford time.
*We can’t afford to spend any more time on this. We have a lot to cover today.
You can save time.
*I’ve already dug out the old files to save time today.
You can be short of time.
*We’re short of the time we need to do a good job on this.
You can have plenty of time.
*We have plenty of time to worry about this later.