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sábado, 29 de outubro de 2016

The clock is ticking...

I was watching a football (soccer) match today and the commentator said that ‘the clock was ticking down’.

Interestingly, I was not upset about the match, but I instantly became in love with the idea of writing a post today. The expression I’d like to talk about today? That’s right: ‘the clock was ticking’.

According to thefreedictionary (here), we use ‘the clock is ticking’ when “the time (for something to be done) is passing quickly.”  And that was exactly what was happening in the match today - one of the teams needed to score at least one goal, but they failed.

We may also use it for “saying that someone must do something quickly because there will soon be no more time left.” (here) or, in more specific form, to talk about someone’s biological clock. That is, when one’s biological clock is ticking, it means that, for instance, that “a woman may soon be too old to bear a child, as in her biological clock is ticking-she just turned forty.”

There is another interesting expression that is used to a girl that is hot, but is too young for someone to, say, make a move. It’s TICKING CLOCK. Check it out:

A: Dude check out the ticking clock – she’s pretty hot!

B: All in good time, my friend, all in good time.

That’s all for today, folks! I do hope you have benefit from this entry. Have a nice weekend and a perfect week!



Clock is ticking, the. (n.d.) The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. (2003, 1997). Retrieved October 29 2016 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/clock+is+ticking%2c+the

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