not before time
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(and) not before time!
An expression used to emphasize that something should have occurred a long time ago. They're finally hiring some extra help around here, and not before time—another one of my employees resigned today. A: "Dinner's ready!" B: "Not before time. I'm starving."
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not before timeused to convey that something now happening or about to happen should have happened earlier.
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