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
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