it's high time

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it is high time

It is the appropriate time (that something happen); it is long overdue (that something happen). Thank you for a lovely meal, but it's high time for us to start heading home. It is high time that someone gives him the punishment he deserves!
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it's high time

Rur. it is about the right time for something. It's high time we were leaving. It's high time you started thinking about saving for your old age.
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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).
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References in classic literature ?
I'm sure I think it's high time we were getting acquainted, and I'm going to introduce myself.
Everyone with whom the princess had chanced to discuss the matter said the same thing: "Mercy on us, it's high time in our day to cast off all that old-fashioned business.
It's high time for you to be married," answered the countess sharply and sarcastically.
I suppose you will stay here in the old place, unless you think of marrying, and it's high time you did," put in Mrs.
The way I feel at present, Anne," said Marilla, "is that it's high time you had those dishes washed.
If you don't know Lord George Gordon when you see him, it's high time you should.
And now,' said she, 'you have been fed and warmed, and I have heard your story, and now it's high time to call your brother.
I only know that these people must be conquered, and that it's high time it was done, once for all.
Yes, it's high time he went, for he is ready, and as soon as he is off, I shall turn soldier.
I suppose," he said, the mockery of his eyes giving a pellucid quality to his tone, "that you think it's high time I told you something definite.
Summary: New Delhi (India), Mar 08 (ANI): It's high time to get over bride-groom pre-wedding shoot - the time has come for saas-bahu jodis to rock the quintessential shoot before the wedding like a pro.
It's high time these parties and party leaders should stop playing tricks with the citizens of our country and stand high headed and play fair.
It's high time that the government finally pushed through with this,' the Speaker said during the hearing of the transportation committee.
According to figures quoted, the average family disposes of PS700 worth of food every year and Hugh thinks it's high time that came to an end.