take one's time

idiomatic phrase

: to be leisurely and unhurried about doing something
There's no need to hurry. Take your time.
Bill [Clinton] knew they were anxious, but he refused to rush. I'm going to take my time, and when I'm done, I'm done, he told Terry McAuliffe.John Heilemann et al.
'Come, come!' said the Secretary. 'We must talk about this. Let us take our time over it, and try to get at the true sense of the case …'Charles Dickens

Word History

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of take one's time was in 1673

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“Take one's time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20one%27s%20time. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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