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Related to present: present perfect tense, present progressive
all present and accounted for
All people or things being tallied are present, or their location or status is known or has been considered. While using "or" instead of "and" would make more sense logically, it is not used idiomatically in this way. "Have you finished checking the inventory?" "Yes sir, all present and accounted for."
Currently. I'm sorry, we are not accepting applications at present. Mr. Green is not in the office at present. Can I take a message?
at the present time
Right now. I'm sorry, but we're not accepting applications at the present time. She's busy at the present time—can she call you back later?
present company excepted
Without regards to the person or people in one's immediate vicinity. Everyone in this school is a self-centred, spoiled little brat. Present company excepted, of course. Present company excepted, there isn't a single person in this building who has the skills it takes to run the business.
present company excluded
Without regards to the person or people in one's immediate vicinity. Everyone in this school is a self-centered, spoiled little brat. Present company excluded, of course. Present company excluded, there isn't a single person in this building who has the skills it takes to run the business.
for the present
At the present moment; for now. For the present, our plans remain unchanged until something convinces us otherwise. Let's just stay focused on this for the present. We can address other issues later in the meeting.
on a silver platter
Without having put forth much effort. Of course the CEO's daughter got the job without having to interviewing—she gets everything on a silver platter.
there's no time like the present
If something is a good idea, is worth doing, or needs to be done, it should be done now or as soon as possible. A: "When do you want me to start cleaning the house?" B: "Well, there's no time like the present." There's no time like the present, so let's go ahead and get the application started.
for the moment
Just for right now. Please sit here for the moment while I prepare your table.
now; at this point in time. We are not able to do any more at present. We may be able to lend you money next week, but not at present.
at the present timeand at this point (in time)
Cliché now; at present. (Used often as a wordy replacement for now.) We don't know the location of the stolen car at the present time. The patient is doing nicely at the present time.
for the momentand for the time being
for the present; for now; temporarily. This quick fix will have to do for the moment. This is all right for the time being. It'll have to be improved next week, however. This good feeling will last only for the time being.
live in the present
Fig. to deal with contemporary events and not be dominated by events of the past or planning for the future. Forget the past; live in the present. It was no longer possible to get Uncle Herman to live in the present.
*on a silver platter
Fig. using a presentation [of something] that is appropriate for a very formal setting. (*Typically: give something to someone ~; present something ~; serve something ~; want something ~.) Aren't paper plates good enough for you? You want dinner maybe on a silver platter?
present someone (to someone) (at something)
to introduce someone to someone at some event. They presented him to the queen at her birthday party. I will present you to the rest of the committee.
present something to someoneand present someone with something
to give something to someone, especially if done ceremoniously. They presented a watch to me when I retired. They presented me with a watch when I retired.
(There's) no time like the present.
Prov. Cliché Do what you are supposed to do now. (You can use this to suggest that something be done right away.) Jill: When should we start cleaning up the house? Jane: No time like the present. Start studying for the big exam now, instead of waiting till the night before. There's no time like the present.
all present and accounted for
All members or items of a group are here or their whereabouts are known, as in Is everyone ready to board the bus?-All present and accounted for. This expression almost certainly originated in the armed forces as a response to roll call. By proper logic, the and should be or. Nevertheless, the expression is used colloquially to offer assurance that no person or thing is missing.
Also, at the present time. Now, as in I've not enough cash at present to lend you any, or At present the house is still occupied. This slightly longer way of saying "at this time" formerly was even longer- at this present or at that present -denoting a more specific time. [Mid-1600s] Also see at this point.
for the moment
Also, for the present; for the time being. Temporarily, during the period under consideration, for now. For example, For the moment I am tied up, but I'll get to it next week, or This room arrangement will do for the present, or Jim will act as secretary for the time being. The first term dates from the late 1800s, the first variant from the mid-1500s, and the second variant from the late 1400s.
no time like the present, there's
Do or say it now, as in Go ahead and call him-there's no time like the present. This adage was first recorded in 1562. One compiler of proverbs, John Trusler, amplified it: "No time like the present, a thousand unforeseen circumstances may interrupt you at a future time" ( Proverbs Exemplified, 1790).
present company excepted
People say present company excepted when they say something about other people, to show that they are not referring to the people or person they are with. Men are hopeless at expressing their feelings, present company excepted, of course. Note: This expression is usually used when people are saying something critical or unpleasant about other people.
on a silver platteror
on a platter
If you are given something on a silver platter or on a platter, you are given it without having to work or make an effort to get it. You expect me to hand you everything on a silver platter, and when you don't get it, you stamp your little foot and cry. The Opposition has been handed this issue on a platter. Note: A platter is a large plate or shallow dish used for serving food.
all present and correctused to indicate that not a single thing or person is missing.
1982 Bernard MacLaverty A Time to Dance She began to check it, scraping the coins towards her quickly and building them into piles. ‘All present and correct,’ she said.
(there is) no time like the presentused to suggest that something should be done now rather than later.
present company exceptedexcluding those who are here now.
on a silver platter (or salver)without having been asked or sought for; without requiring any effort or return from the recipient.
The image here is of a butler or waiter presenting something on a silver tray.
all ˌpresent and corˈrect(British English) (American English all ˌpresent and acˈcounted for) (spoken) used to say that all the things or people who should be there are now there: ‘Now, is everybody here?’ ‘All present and correct, Sir!’
This is used in the army to inform an officer that none of the soldiers in his or her unit are missing, injured, etc.
at ˈpresentnow; at the moment: How many people are living in this house at present?
make a ˈpresent of something (to somebody)make it easy for somebody to take or steal something from you, or to gain an advantage over you, because you have been careless: Before you go out, lock all the doors and windows. Don’t make a present of your property (to thieves).
on ˈpresent formjudging by somebody/something’s present performance or behaviour; as things are at the moment: On present form I’d say he should win easily. ♢ A painting by Durant could sell for over a million on present form.
present company exˈcepted(also excepting present ˈcompany) used as a polite remark to show that the criticisms you are making are not directed at the people you are talking to: My feeling is that the people around here, present company excepted of course, are rather unfriendly.
the ˌpresent ˈdaymodern times; now: These customs have continued right up to the present day. ♢ Present-day attitudes to women are very different.
(hand something to somebody) on a silver ˈplattergive something to somebody without expecting them to do or give anything in return: I don’t like her at all — she expects to be handed everything on a silver platter as if she’s better than other people.
A platter is a large plate that is used for serving food.
(there’s) no time like the ˈpresent(saying) the best time to do something is now: ‘When do you want me to start the decorating?’ ‘Well, no time like the present, is there?’
At the present time; right now.
for the present
For the time being; temporarily.