not before time


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(and) not before time!

An expression used to emphasize that something should have occurred a long time ago. They're finally hiring some extra help around here, and not before time—another one of my employees resigned today. A: "Dinner's ready!" B: "Not before time. I'm starving."
See also: before, not

not before time

used to convey that something now happening or about to happen should have happened earlier.
See also: before, not, time
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John Berry, secretary of the North East Pensioners' Association, said: "I think if it stays that way it will be excellent, but it's not before time.
She is by Spectrum out of the Polish Precedent mare Not Before Time, and is thus a half-sister to 2001 Group 3 Musidora Stakes winner Time Away.
Not Before Time is out of outstanding racemare Time Charter, whose other foals include Zinaad - sire of Kazzia - and the ill-fated Time Allowed (by Sadler's Wells), both winners of the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes.