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(it's) about time

An expression used to emphasize that something should have occurred a long time ago. Well, it's about time you got here—I've been waiting for an hour! It's about time that high schools taught their students about basic banking and finance. A: "He finally moved out of his parents' house." B: "About time! He's 40 years old."
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about time

Long past the right time; also, approximately the right time. Thus, It's about time you went to bed can mean either that you should have gone to bed much earlier (often stated with emphasis on the word time), or that now is the appropriate time for you to retire. [Early 1900s] For a synonym, see high time.
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(and) about ˈtime (ˈtoo)


(and) not before ˈtime

(spoken) said when the speaker is pleased that something has happened but thinks that it should have happened sooner: Here comes the bus — and about time too.Julia’s been promoted, and not before time, considering the amount of work she does.
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Having adopted both the patron's selfishness and the assumptions about time and sublimation that lie behind it, the narrator goes about gathering material for his symphony in a way that consistently strives to transform collective expression into individual expression.
Ragtime temporality is not reducible to African time, but the opposition between what Adorno describes and Mbiti's description of African time-conceptions is illustrative of the divergence between the impetus of the narrator's ragtime and the ideas about time that the narrator adopts from his patron.
"How utterly ambivalent we are about time. It is at once our most precious asset and our worst enemy." (Marlene Schiwy, Simple Days: A Journal on What Really Matters; Sorin, 2002)
"It's about time," he quipped from the podium in New York on acceptance.
Bruce Marks, in 1997, pointed out with a smile that, having received every other major award in dance, he thought it was about time the magazine took note of him as well.
As long as what my staff is trying to get done gets done, I'm pretty flexible about time."
Rather, the concept of the decade represents thinking about time in a punctuated, discontinuous manner.
They believe in what the great poet Carl Sandburg once said about time: "Time is the coin of your life.
What's good about time as a measurement is that it can be applied to any function, organization or process.
The real question about time travel may not be whether it's possible--but just why it's such a popular notion.