give (someone) the time of day

idiom

chiefly US, informal
: to pay attention to someone
usually used in negative statements
No one would give us the time of day.
I needed their help, but they wouldn't give me the time of day.

Examples of give (someone) the time of day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Scarpa said she still wasn’t taken seriously in her first years as CEO of NABI, and men working with her wouldn’t give the time of day to her ideas. Amaris Encinas, AZCentral.com, 18 July 2022 Britain would give the time of day to this hugely talented working-class woman of mixed race? Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2022

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“Give (someone) the time of day.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/give%20%28someone%29%20the%20time%20of%20day. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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