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in (one's) time
When one was younger; in one's younger days. In my grandparents' time, planning a wedding wasn't such a colossal ordeal. Back in my time, the only thing we had to do for fun was stickball, and we were grateful for it!
1. Before some deadline or something begins or ends. I need to get home in time to take a shower before the party. Oh good—we're in time to see the opening band.
2. Eventually; with the passing of time. In time, you will come to realize how much your parents care about you.
3. In rhythm; on tempo. The guys in the band can play—just not together. They're almost never in time.
in time (with someone or something)
Following or maintaining the proper rhythm (along with someone or something). Come on, man, you're not in step at all—can't you hear what the bass and drums are doing?
(with something) Go to in step (with something).
1. Before a time limit expires, early enough, as in His speech begins at eight, so we've arrived in time. It is often put as in time for, as in Please come in time for dinner. [Second half of 1400s] Also see in good time.
2. Eventually, within an indefinite period, as in In time you'll see that Dad was right. [c. 1450] Also see in due course.
3. In the proper musical tempo or rhythm, as in It's important to dance in time to the music. [c. 1700]
1 not late: Make sure that you get here in time for the concert.
2 after quite a long time; eventually: You will feel better in time.
3 (play, sing, or dance to music) at the right speed: The violins didn’t seem to be in time with the rest of the orchestra.
1. Before a time limit expires.
2. Within an indefinite time; eventually: In time they came to accept the harsh facts.
a. In the proper tempo.
b. Played with a meter.