a good/great/lovely time

noun

Definition of a good/great/lovely time

 (Entry 1 of 19)

: a very enjoyable experience We all had a good/great/lovely time at the concert.

a legend in one's own time

idiom (1)

Definition of a legend in one's own time (Entry 2 of 19)

: a person who is famous while still living for doing something extremely well

a long time ago

idiom (2)

Definition of a long time ago (Entry 3 of 19)

: far in the past : not at all recently It happened a long time ago.

a long time coming

idiom (3)

Definition of a long time coming (Entry 4 of 19)

: arriving or happening after a lot of time has passed His promotion was a long time coming.

a race against time

noun phrase (1)

Definition of a race against time (Entry 5 of 19)

: a situation in which someone has to do something very quickly because there is not much time It was a race against time to find a cure for the disease.

a stitch in time (saves nine)

idiom (4)

Definition of a stitch in time (saves nine) (Entry 6 of 19)

used to say that it is better to fix a problem when it is small than to wait and let it become a bigger problem

at a time

idiom (5)

Definition of at a time (Entry 7 of 19)

1 : during one particular moment I can only do one thing at a time. Please speak one at a time and not all at once. We carried the boxes two at a time up the stairs.
2 : during one period of time without stopping She can sit and read for hours at a time.

a whale of a time

noun phrase (2)

Definition of a whale of a time (Entry 8 of 19)

informal
: a great time We had a whale of a time at the party.

call (a) time-out

idiom (6)

Definition of call (a) time-out (Entry 9 of 19)

: to ask for a short period of time to stop doing something in order to rest or do something else

give (someone) a hard time

idiom (7)

Definition of give (someone) a hard time (Entry 10 of 19)

: to criticize or annoy someone They gave him a hard time about quitting the team.

go through a rough time

idiom (8)

Definition of go through a rough time (Entry 11 of 19)

: to experience a difficult time

have a devilish time

idiom (9)

Definition of have a devilish time (Entry 12 of 19)

informal + somewhat old-fashioned
: to have a difficult time doing something We had a devilish time finding a parking space.

have a hard time

idiom (10)

Definition of have a hard time (Entry 13 of 19)

: to experience difficulty doing something She's having a hard time living within her budget. The school has had a hard time recruiting substitute teachers. He's been having a hard time with his research paper.

have a rough time (of it)

idiom (11)

Definition of have a rough time (of it) (Entry 14 of 19)

: to have a difficult time He's been having a rough time of it since his wife died.

have a thin time (of it)

idiom (12)

Definition of have a thin time (of it) (Entry 15 of 19)

British
: to be in a difficult situation especially because one does not have enough money He was having a thin time of it until his novel started selling.

once upon a time

idiom (13)

Definition of once upon a time (Entry 16 of 19)

: at some time in the past He was a famous actor once upon a time.

Note: Once upon a time is the traditional way to begin a fairy tale.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess named Snow White.

take (a lot of) time

idiom (14)

Definition of take (a lot of) time (Entry 17 of 19)

: to require that a lot of time needs to pass before happening or getting finished Be patient. These things take (a lot of) time.

take it/things one day at a time

idiom (15)

Definition of take it/things one day at a time (Entry 18 of 19)

: to deal with each day's problems as they come instead of worrying about the future It's important to take things one day at a time so you don't feel too overwhelmed.

take one day at a time

idiom (16)

Definition of take one day at a time (Entry 19 of 19)

: to deal with each day's problems as they come instead of worrying about the future Take one day at a time and don't expect things to change overnight.

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“A good/great/lovely time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20time. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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