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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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
Computer Science To cease functioning after a period of idle time has elapsed: The server connection times out after 15 minutes.
tv. to deceive one’s lover. Sam wouldn’t two-time Martha. He just wouldn’t!