behind time(redirected from behind their time)
behind (one's) time
1. Old-fashioned or antiquated, as in manner, beliefs, style, etc. I love grandpa, but he is really behind his time when it comes to what constitutes an acceptable relationship. The filmmaker seems to be as behind his time as the films he makes.
2. Later than expected, scheduled, or is appropriate. The driver is always arriving behind his time to collect us.
Later than expected, scheduled, or is appropriate. Go ahead and begin the meal without us, we're running a little behind time. We're sorry for being a little behind time with our takeoff, ladies and gentlemen. We should be departing shortly.
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ahead of/behind ˈtimeearly/late: He arrived ahead of time, and had to wait. ♢ The trains are running behind time again today.
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