common time

noun

Definition of common time 

: a musical meter marked by four beats per measure with the quarter note receiving a single beat

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Big junctures in life are a common time for a celestial steer. The Economist, "Prophets and profitsIn South Korea fortune-telling will soon be a $3.7bn business," 24 Feb. 2018 The three most common times for tipping are at restaurants, during travel, and at salons. Southern Living, "How Much (And Who) Should You Be Tipping?," 28 Feb. 2017 Maria Blackman, a spokeswoman for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, said that many hotels were closed during the off-season in September anyway, a common time for annual renovations. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "The Storms Moved On. The Caribbean Islands Fear the Tourists Might, Too.," 23 Sep. 2017 On the other hand, winter months like December, January and February are among the least common times for babies to be born. Abigail Abrams, Time, "This Is the Most Common Birthday," 8 Sep. 2017 Post-vacation is an especially common time for this phenomenon. Karen Burns, The Seattle Times, "How to fall in love with your job all over again," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of common time

1662, in the meaning defined above

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