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time and tide wait for no man

proverb The opportunities of life will pass you by if you delay or procrastinate in taking advantage of them. You've had so many chances to get research grants or earn a master's degree, but you never get around to applying for any of them. You're going to end up stuck in the same dead-end career for your whole life, if you're not careful—time and tide wait for no man.
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Time and tide wait for no man.

Prov. Things will not wait for you when you are late. Hurry up or we'll miss the bus! Time and tide wait for no man. Ellen: It's time to leave. Aren't you finished dressing yet? Fred: I can't decide which necktie looks best with this shirt. Ellen: Time and tide wait for no man, dear.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

time and tide wait for no man

One must not procrastinate or delay, as in Let's get on with the voting; time and tide won't wait, you know. This proverbial phrase, alluding to the fact that human events or concerns cannot stop the passage of time or the movement of the tides, first appeared about 1395 in Chaucer's Prologue to the Clerk's Tale. The alliterative beginning, time and tide, was repeated in various contexts over the years but today survives only in the proverb, which is often shortened (as above).
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

time and tide wait for no man

if you don't make use of a favourable opportunity, you may never get the same chance again. proverb
Although the tide in this phrase is now usually understood to mean ‘the tide of the sea’, it was originally just another way of saying ‘time’, used for alliterative effect.
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time and tide wait for no man

Stop procrastinating; do it now. This old proverb is usually interpreted to mean that the course of neither time nor the seas’ tides can be halted or delayed, so you’d better get on with what you’re supposed to do. An early version (1592) stated, “Tyde nor time tarrieth no man.” Later it was “Time and tide for no man stay.” Sir Walter Scott was fond of the present locution, using it several times. There are versions in German and French as well.
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Attributed to 15th-century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer is the phrase 'Time and tide wait for no man.' William Shakespeare wrote, 'There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.' This meant that ships had to sail when the tide was at its highest and then flowing out to sea.
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