make up the time

make up the time

To overcome some delay, disadvantage, or setback and return to a normal or optimal position, typically by hurrying or doing something more quickly. We got sidetracked with the lunch party, but hopefully we can make up the time by getting everyone to pitch in with loading the trucks. The companies who survived the recession have been slowly making up the time as the economy recovers.
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make up the ˈtime

do something at a different time, because you cannot do it at the usual or correct time: He had a long lunch break on Tuesday and so he made up the time by working late on Wednesday.
See also: make, time, up