time is up

time is up

The amount of time allowed to do or complete something is over. OK, everyone, put your pencils down, your time is up. I enjoyed trying out the virtual reality machine, but my time was up before I could really get into it.
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time's up

1. The time limit has expired; the deadline has been reached; there is no time left. OK, everyone, time's up. Please put your pencils down and hand up your tests. I'm afraid time's up for Tina. She had plenty of time to comply, but we simply can't give her any more extensions.
2. A movement begun in 2018 by prominent women actors in response to the many sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men in the film industry (perhaps most notably film producer Harvey Weinstein). The term is used in the name of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, which assists with legal fees incurred by the victims of such misconduct. It is typically capitalized and is often used as a hashtag. Along with Me Too, Time's Up has changed the conversation not only in Hollywood but in every workplace. To all the powerful men who have abused their power to mistreat women, we say: Time's Up. Another producer exposed for misconduct. #TimesUp
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Time is up.

Fig. The allotted time has run out. You must stop now. Your time is up. Time's up! Turn in your tests whether you're finished or not.
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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.
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