have (the) time

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have (the) time

To be unoccupied or idle and thus able to do something. I'm sorry the house is so dirty, I just didn't have time to clean before you got here. When you have the time, please see if you can fix this handle.
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If you think, when you have had time for consideration, that it can do him any good to know it while I am yet alive, then tell him.
It got about that the old house had had famous cellarage (which indeed was true), and that Flintwinch had been in a cellar at the moment, or had had time to escape into one, and that he was safe under its strong arch, and even that he had been heard to cry, in hollow, subterranean, suffocated notes, 'Here I am!' At the opposite extremity of the town it was even known that the excavators had been able to open a communication with him through a pipe, and that he had received both soup and brandy by that channel, and that he had said with admirable fortitude that he was All right, my lads, with the exception of his collar-bone.
"But she is all of a lather, and she hasn't had time to eat her oats."
Ronan Murray fired wide the half hour but United finally broke the deadlock as Murray released Eoin McCormack, who sprang the offside trap and had time to finish.
* Pre-writing: Before starting to write their own book, students had time to discuss the books they had read, present the aspects they liked and those they did not, suggest ways they felt the story and the writing could have been improved, etc.