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 suppose you will stay here in the old place, unless you think of marrying, and it's high time you did," put in Mrs.
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.
Age UK's Caroline Abrahams said: "It's unfair - and it's high time we brought them in from the cold.
Everyone agrees it's high time City made some headway in Europe - but it's not about to get any easier for Manuel Pellegrini (above).
IT'S been seven years since Appaloosa, the last great Western, and it's high time someone saddled up and stormed into cinemas with a new cowboy classic.
But I'm not sitting here quaking in my boots about the big 4-0 - I'm actually look-look ing forward to it so it's high time I start doing some planning.
We were of the view that as far the situation of Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, Kashmir is primarily a political problem, it needs a political solution, and it's high time that a serious engagement between India and Pakistan and the leadership of J and K should start, and we should try to resolve the issue," he said after his meeting with Aziz at the Pakistan High Commission here.
It's high time Mr Davies came out of his urban shell and got to know what makes our beautiful countryside tick.
Dear Editor, It's high time the NHS started making charges for people who are admitted to hospital for excess alcohol consumption.
It's high time we ask how far all our food travels to its final journey on our plates and do everything we can to shorten that journey.
It's high time the people at Jafza did something about this.
SO SUE LEE (Liverpool ECHO, August 3) thinks it's high time that gay couples were allowed to marry in church, that it's "crazy" that they can't.
It's high time this absurd bonus culture in the civil service came to an end.
It's high time this sensible legal solution was introduced in our courts.