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1. noun In-person interaction with someone. If only I could get some face time with one of those directors, I just know I could convince them to make my script into a movie.
2. verb, slang To video chat with someone using the app FaceTime. In this usage, the phrase is usually stylized as one word, like the app's name. I FaceTimed Tim earlier and he seems to be feeling better. I couldn't go home for Thanksgiving, so I FaceTimed my family instead.
interjection Said when something happens at exactly the right or ideal time. A: "Hey, Alice is looking for you." B: "Perfect timing—I was just coming to find her." Dinner's here? I just got out of the shower, so perfect timing.
1. noun An amount of time that was spent in (some place). We had the most amazing time in Puerto Rico. I will always treasure my time in Vancouver.
2. verb To officially record the beginning of one's day or shift at work. A noun or pronoun can be used between "time" and "in." We'd like to remind all employees that they will not be paid for any work they have completed until they have timed in for that shift. Sarah's going to be a couple of minutes late, so she asked me to time her in. I keep forgetting to time myself in when I get into the office.
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. Usually 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.
5. interjection Stop the clock. Said during sporting events. Time out, ref! One of our guys is injured.
6. interjection By extension, stop talking or doing what you're doing. OK, wait, time out—you didn't tell me that you and Tom were dating again! Time out! We are not driving this car another foot if you are going to keep acting like this!
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.
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!
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to record one's arrival time. Did you remember to time in this morning? When did she time in?
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!
time someone in
to record someone's arrival time. I timed you in at noon. Where were you? My job is to time in people.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Computer Science To cease functioning after a period of idle time has elapsed: The server connection times out after 15 minutes.
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n. time spent face to face with someone. (As opposed to over the telephone or by email, etc.) I need to have more face time with my children.
tv. to deceive one’s lover. Sam wouldn’t two-time Martha. He just wouldn’t!
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