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timing is everything

The success of something is often related to when it happens. You shouldn't start a new business during an economic recession—timing is everything. Timing is everything in relationships. I love Renee, but I want to get married, and she just isn't ready to settle down yet.
See also: everything, timing

time out

1. noun A brief pause, break, or hiatus from something. I wish I had taken time out before starting this job—that might have kept me from getting burned out so quickly, Take time out for lunch. Work will still be here when you get back.
2. noun In sports, an official break in play allotted to each team. Sometimes hyphenated. They had better take a time-out here to set up a play. They burned their time-outs earlier in the half, so they have none remaining.
3. noun A punishment for young children who have misbehaved that consists of secluding them from activities and other people for a brief period of time. Sometimes hyphenated. If you keep throwing your toys like that, I'm going to give you a time out! I think he might need a time-out.
4. verb To cease or suspend operation, especially after being idle for a certain period of time. The demo of the video game will time out after 15 minutes. To save power and reduce the risk of harming the display, computer monitors are set to time out after 20 minutes of inactivity.
See also: out, time


To cheat on one's romantic partner (by having a relationship with someone else). After I found out that Jed was two-timing me with the woman next door, I left that lowlife!

time out

1. to record one's departure time. Did you remember to time out when you left work? I timed out at the regular time.
2. a call for officially stopping the clock in a game. Time out! Wally is injured!
See also: out, time

time someone out

to record someone's departure time. Harry had to time everyone out because the time clock was broken. I had to time out everyone.
See also: out, time

two-time someone

Sl. to cheat on or betray one's spouse or lover by dating or seeing someone else. When Mrs. Franklin learned that Mr. Franklin was two-timing her, she left him. Ann told Bob that if he ever two-timed her, she would cause him a lot of trouble.

time out

A short break from work or play; also, a punishment for misbehavior in young children in which they are briefly separated from the group. For example, People rush around so much these days that I think everyone should take some time out now and then , or We don't throw food, Brian; you need some time out to think about it. This expression comes from a number of sports in which it signifies an interruption in play where the officials stop the clock, for purposes of rest, making a substitution, or consultation. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
See also: out, time

time out

Computer Science To cease functioning after a period of idle time has elapsed: The server connection times out after 15 minutes.
See also: out, time


tv. to deceive one’s lover. Sam wouldn’t two-time Martha. He just wouldn’t!
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The third Webinar, scheduled for January 10, 2007, is entitled "Evolution in Timing and Synchronization Technologies - Key Emerging Timing Standards and Protocols for Next-Generation Network Infrastructure and Services.
Symmetricom is the leading worldwide supplier of network synchronization and timing solutions and atomic clocks.
Symmetricom is a leading worldwide supplier of atomic clocks and network synchronization and timing solutions.
The Time Interval/Event Timing option enables the XLi to precisely measure the interval between the XLi's 1 PPS pulse and the rising edge of the user-supplied 1 PPS pulse.
Time Director is targeted for the RTL designer and offers the full RTL timing analysis and debugging capabilities that are also found in Time Planner.
Time Planner extends Time Director's capabilities to include RTL floorplanning and full-chip RTL timing analysis.
Symmetricom's Timing, Test and Measurement Division was established in October, 2002 following Symmetricom's merger with TrueTime, Inc and Datum, Inc.
Sony chose InTime because of its unique register transfer level (RTL) Timing Analysis (RTA(TM)) software that provides fast and accurate RTL timing analysis and RTL floorplanning.
The Triathlon features Life Time Fitness' "Equalizer," a unique timing structure and innovative competition format that allows professional women and men to compete on equal ground, creating a dramatic "battle-of-the-sexes" race to the finish for the first-place prize of $250,000.
Symmetricom's (Nasdaq:SYMM) Timing, Test and Measurement Division announces its introduction of two new network time display clocks at the CeBIT America trade show, the first US tradeshow that emphasizes the entire spectrum of technology.