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The passing of time - thesaurus




the process by which time passes

go by

if time goes by, it passes

wear on

if time wears on, it passes

tick away

if time ticks away or ticks by, it passes



formal if time elapses, it passes



if time intervenes, it passes before you do something or before something happens

creep by

if time creeps by, it passes very slowly

slip by

if time or an opportunity slips by, it passes and you fail to use it or to gain an advantage from it

time flies

used for saying that time seems to be passing very quickly

the passage of time

the process by which time passes

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be/take long

used for saying or asking whether you will have to wait a long time for someone or something to be ready, arrive, or happen

the clock is ticking

used for saying that someone must do something quickly because there will soon be no more time left

elapsed time


the amount of time that has passed since a particular process started, especially compared with the amount of time that was calculated for it in a plan



if time goes in a particular way, it passes in that way

go on

if time goes on, it passes



if a time or event nears, it gets closer

on the clock

the amount of time on the clock is the amount of time since something started. The amount of time left on the clock or still on the clock is the amount of time before something finishes.

the sands of time

a way of referring to time, especially when you are talking about it passing very quickly



to need a particular amount of time to happen or to do something

turn into

if one period of time turns into another longer period of time, the amount of time that passes increases in a way that is noticeable



changing as time passes

year by year

as time passes



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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