the time of day

the time of day

1. Literally, the specific hour of the day. What an odd time of day to send repairmen over—we were just about to get ready for bed!
2. Time spent chatting or socializing. Used with the verb "pass." I love walking down to the local shop and passing the time of day with everyone in the neighborhood along the way.
3. Basic intelligence or knowledge. Used with negative constructions of the verb "know." We paid for her to attend the best university in the state, but three years in, she still doesn't know the time of day. How can you expect me to respect my boss when he doesn't even know the time of day?
4. Pleasant, friendly recognition or attention. Used in negative constructions, as in "won't give (one) the time of day." My colleagues wouldn't give me the time of day after they found out that my father had influenced the company's decision to hire me. Once he found such huge success, Tom won't give any of his old friends the time of day. That guy didn't give me the time of day back in high school, and now he won't stop calling me.
See also: of, time

time of day

The hour shown on a clock; also, a stage in any activity or period. For example, What time of day is the repairman coming? or This is hardly the time of day to ask for another installment when he's just turned one in . [Late 1500s] Also see not give someone the time of day.
See also: of, time
References in classic literature ?
A MAN in a Hurry, whose watch was at his lawyer's, asked a Grave Person the time of day.
"What, then," said the Man in a Hurry, eagerly, "is the time of day?"
Passing the time of day to each other, we were soon in conversation, I asking him this and that question about the neighbouring country-side, of which I gathered he was an old inhabitant.
You are a capital bird at telling the time of day. But my friend and I must have our dinners."
"As long as you're consistent, the time of day doesn't seem to really matter.
"Our findings warrant future experimental research to determine whether promoting consistency in the time of day that planned and structured physical activity is performed can help individuals achieve and sustain higher levels of physical activity," a coauthor said in a statement.
In a study of 375 adults who have successfully maintained weight loss and who engage in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity, most reported consistency in the time of day that they exercised, with early morning being the most common time.
Summary: The base fares will fluctuate based on the day of the week and the time of day.
Consumers' tastes for savory and sweet snacks is determined by the time of day, and better-for-you snack consumption is predicated more by place, according to a recent study by The NPD Group, Port Washington, NY.
The study found that 14.48 is the time of day when kids feel their most hungry and by the time the bell rings at 15.20, parents agree that their children are often irritable, argumentative, and desperate for a snack.
Mr Walshaw added: "Because of the time of day they should use some discretion.
The time of day modulation of neuroplasticity induction is due, at least in part, to changes in circulating cortisol levels [26].
Discovering that the time of day x level interaction was significant in dive surveys and nearly significant in shelf surveys indicates that fish were more likely to be in deeper water during dives in afternoon compared to dives in morning and midday.
Washington, Nov 22 (ANI): A new study has found that severity of heart attack is dependent on the time of day the attack occurs.
Three time-related variables were investigated: the time of year the test was administered, the day of the week the test event occurred, and the time of day that the test event occurred.