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At or before the scheduled or expected time; not late. I know we left later than we meant to, but we'll still get there on time—I know a shortcut! John's never on time, so I always tell him to show up an hour earlier than everyone else.
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before the deadline; by the stated time. Please make sure that your essays are completed on time. My taxes were not done on time, so I had to pay a penalty.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Punctually, according to schedule, as in I hope the plane will be on time. [Early 1800s]
2. By paying in installments, on credit, as in They are buying their car on time. The time here refers to the designated period in which payments must be made. [Mid-1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(right) on ˈtime(also bang on ˈtime) (informal) at the correct time, neither early nor late; punctual: I always have to wait for you — you’re never on time. ♢ The train came in bang on time for once.
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1. According to schedule; punctual or punctually.
2. By paying in installments.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.