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L'estate di San Martino, un'estate che si prolunga in autunno (o un successo
in tarda carriera)
This October record-breaking Indian
summer allows us to go to the sea and swim!
The old writer won the prize and
confessed that it came like the indian summer of his career.
- There's a time and a place for everything
was terrible that they were arguing in the middle of the party: there's a time
and a place for everything.
- All in good time
takes concentration, it's better not to do it now.. all in good time.
- Good things come to those
- After a couple of years they were refunded their
tax overpayment... good things come to those who wait.
- To bide one's time
the meeting took place, he attacked me and I didn't rebute his false charges...
I'm biding my time to take revenge.
- To keep abreast of the time
always try to keep abreast of the times in how they lead the firm.
- There is no time like the present (to seize the moment)
know it's a quick trip but, it should still be fun nonetheless... there's no time
like the present! Seize the moment!
- Ahead of time
Our manager decided to start
the meeting ahead of time so we could go home early.
Per tutto il tempo, sempre
- All along
I knew all along that
would not organize
It's so, Belinda, this little cat is ours, for
- All at once
All at once the alarm rang
so all the workers had to leave the office.
Fino ad ora, fino ad adesso
- As yet
yet, Linda has not told us about her plans to leave the campus.
definitely made up my mind to give up smoking.. tomorrow will be D-day.
- Just one of those days
many setbacks he even had a car crash... it really was one of those days!
- Early days yet
has been working here from yesterday and he's getting down to it... anyway, it's
early days yet for judging.
- To be dead on time
- I'm getting
used to being dead on time for appointments because I don't want other people
waiting for me.
- To make time
- You have to make time for the guys
this afternoon: even if you're busy, you definitely have to meet them for a couple
- At the drop of the hat (at the blink of an eyelid)
wasn't serious about her boyfriend... she said she would leave him at the drop
of the hat (at the blink of an eyelid).
- Shan't be a tick
- Hold on here... I shan't be a
in un attimo
- Before long
Hey Al, are you tired?
Just be patient: Friday will be here before
You look so tired, Greg... just be patient, the weekend will be here before
time to time (once in a while, now and then)
- He used to go to the theatre, from time to
- Yes... tea, please. I generally drink tea, I drink
coffee once in a while
"Do you see
Belinda often?" "Oh
not really: I see her now and then, not regularly."
intermittenza, a pezzi e bocconi
- In fits and starts, by fits and starts
Our research was advancing by fits and
Peters terribly shy: when at the convention
he started speaking in fits and starts.
I keep telling Harry its no use learning in
(by) fits and starts.
- One of these days (sooner or later)
risking life and limb... sooner or later you'll break your neck, driving such
this day onwards
- After you told me about that cheap department
store at the end of the road, I swear... I'll go shopping there, from this day
- On and off
- He came to the club
only on and off at weekends.
- More times than I have had hot dinners
accompanied her to Bingo more times than I've had hot dinners.
- Day in, day out
- The prisoner
had been boring the tunnel beneath the high fence, day in, day out.
- Until the cows come home
can wait until the cows come home... she'll never call you.
- For donkey's years
- I attended
that social circle for donkey's years... that's why I know the most of them.
- All the time
in the world
- Play it cool, dear... you've got all
the time in the world.
- As and when
- We can leave
as and when you prefer.
- Now and again
- I see them now and
again, at the hang out.
- Few and far between
- The times she actually came
with us were few and far between.
- Once in a blue moon
- Now that Nina has moved out
of London, I only see her once in a blue moon.
- In the nick of time
- I nearly missed
my flight to Rome; luckily, I boarded just in the nick of time.
- To be behind the times
always at home, the odd couple were behind the times insofar as knowing the new
restaurants and clubs in the city.
- To drag one's feet
- Harry? Oh... he should have
finished the job a month ago... he's dragging his feet.
- How time drags
is so boring: after the last week-end we spent together, how time drags!
- In a month of Sundays
hadn't met in a month of Sundays.
- Bad timing
had bad timing there, entering the room exactly when they started arguing.
- To mark time
employee kept looking at the clock, marking time.
- Glory days
- The old
man used to pass hours dwelling upon the glory days of the World War and all the
battles won, talking with the veterans at the bar.
- To blow over (to run it's course)
slump in prices and collapse in sales are tendencies which cannot go on for ever,
economists said: it will blow over in few months (run it's course in few months).
- To pass the sell-by date
don't want to eat in that fast-food place any more... I'm sure their stuff has
passed its sell-by date.
- Time hangs heavy on one's hands
you remember last year when we were annoyed by doing nothing... time was hanging
heavy on our hands.
- Down memory lane
- Old people
love being nostalgic and going down memory lane.
- To do time for
never confessed that, many years ago, he had done time for a hold-up.
- To drag on
- Don't drag on
that story with Betty for too long... if you don't like her, it's better to break
- Gone down the drain
- One should be careful how
to spend money... it's easy to see it go down the drain.
- The A
while ago, a while back
always busy... she called me a while ago (a while back) talking about her
- Many moons ago
- We met the first
time many moons ago, when we were studying at the college.
- In the mists of time
hadn't recognised her.. we only saw each other once, and it happened in the mists
- To let bygones be bygones
lot of time has passed... forget that old offence and let bygones be bygones.
- Different strokes for different folks
in the States I couldn't believe how they could eat such greasy jam doughnuts...
you know: different strokes for different folks.
- In this neck of the woods
are you doing in this neck of the woods?
- On one's own doorstep
a pity that I don't take advantage of living so near the centre, considering that
there are many theatres and restaurants just on my doorstep.
- Never-never land (the land of milk and honey)
risked their life crossing the border illegally, to enter what they dreamed would
be never-never land (the land of milk and honey).
- Toing and froing (backwards and forwards)
a great traveller, toing and froing between east and west.
- Up and down
- The demonstrators'
march went up and down the street.
- Here and there (scattered around)
news about the bomb made people run, here, there and everywhere out of the station!
- Back and forth (to and from somewhere)
Guru's disciples arrived back and forth to listen to him.
- Far and wide
- They invaded
the country far and wide, but taking no prisoners.
- All over the place, everywhere
- There were fireworks
all over the place.
- There's no room to swing a cat
can't conceive how they managed to live in that small house with four children...
there was no room to swing a cat in there.
- Too close for comfort
have to learn how to park the car: the last time you nearly knocked the bumper
and that was too close for comfort!
- To make oneself scarce
aware that her old boyfriend was arriving with his group, Sheila preferred to
make herself scarce.
- Make tracks for something
- After many
chats he made tracks for going to live in Europe.
- A whistle-stop tour
so tiring to go around all day to see every corner of the city... you know those
breathless whistle-stop tours!
- A day's walk away
wise sheriff told them to have a rest before starting, because the village was
a day's walk away.
- To mope about (around)
- The disheartened
man was moping about (around), with a bottle of whisky, all through the night.
- To wander about
reading "On the road" he's still wandering around and about.
- Home from home
- Even if she
lived ten years abroad, she immediately felt like it was home from home, staying
- No man's land
- Because the
valley was so far from the two cities, it remained a no man's land.
- In the middle of nowhere
we got off the coach we unexpectedly found ourselves in a unknown place... in
the middle of nowhere.