it's about time

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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."
See also: time

it's about time

Also, it's high time. See about time; high time.
See also: time

it’s ˌhigh/aˌbout ˈtime (that)...

(spoken) used for saying that something should be done or happen immediately or very soon: It’s high time that this room was properly cleaned!So you’ve started work! It’s about time! (= you should have started a long time ago).
See also: high
References in classic literature ?
Matthew Cuthbert, it's about time somebody adopted that child and taught her something.
It is our hope that the It's About Time campaign will help inform the public about metastatic breast cancer and metastatic disease in general, while giving those diagnosed, their families and friends a greater voice.
And it's about time people were accountable for their actions and stopped relying on the rest of the country to fund their lifestyles.
It's about time the council did something about it.
It's about time our boys realised this, and adopted a lifestyle of TOTAL commitment to their chosen profession.
This adoption by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will not only enhance the ability of students to experience science, but more so, give them the tools with which to apply their acquired knowledge in everyday life," said Tom Laster, President of It's About Time.
It's about time this was stopped and they produce programmes from Scotland.
After losing two hearings it's about time the council paid up.
IT'S about time we put an [fend to David Weir's play-' ing days.
IT'S about time there was a crackdown on drivers using hand held mobile phones.
It's about time the judges were looked into, when you see the sentences they give out I wonder whose side they are on.
MY RESPONSE TO YOUR ARTICLE ON THE "AFRO-LATINO Connection" [February 2004]: It's about time this subject is brought to light
Of course it's about time a transvestite potter won.
IT'S about time the community had its say and let's get things done.