Father Time


: time personified especially as a bearded old man holding a scythe and an hourglass

Examples of Father Time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Will this idea of battling with Father Time be explored throughout the season? Demetrius Patterson, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Jan. 2024 However, Father Time is undefeated, and there were still five seasons to go. Dan Freedman, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 For so many athletes who have fought back from injury or fought back Father Time or fought off retirement with one last turn at their sport, the very act of making the field qualifies as victory. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Aug. 2023 And finally, on Saturday, Springsteen & Co. returned to deliver the coup de grace with another three-hour blitz that defied Father Time. USA TODAY, 9 July 2023 Really, the guy’s just not playing fair, now on the verge of turning 66 and still master of a sport designed to torment every age group, still kicking Father Time’s derriere. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2023 The guy the Golden State Warriors need to worry about going into Game 7 of this series, Sunday afternoon in Sacramento, is Father Time. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Apr. 2023 But the show served as a harsh reminder that even our most beloved singers can’t always escape the ravages of Father Time. Dallas News, 18 May 2022 Whether due to the lingering effects of a hamstring injury that he's been nursing since last year or Father Time, Harden no longer has the consistent burst to blow by defenders and get to the basket. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 6 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Father Time was in 1559

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“Father Time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Father%20Time. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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