"high time" meaning in English

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Noun

Audio: en-au-high time.ogg [Australia] Forms: high times [plural]
Head templates: {{en-noun|~}} high time (countable and uncountable, plural high times)
  1. (uncountable, idiomatic) A point in time at which something is considered to be utterly due or even overdue to occur; well past time Tags: idiomatic, uncountable Categories (topical): Time Synonyms (point in time at which something is utterly due): about time Related terms: high noon, last minute Translations: korkea aika (Finnish), il est grand temps (French), il est plus que temps (French), höchste Zeit [feminine] (German), ideje (Hungarian), legfőbb ideje (Hungarian), mithid [feminine] (Irish), najwyższy czas [masculine] (Polish), najwyższa pora [feminine] (Polish), hen bryd (Welsh)
    Sense id: en-high_time-en-noun-G2MUL7ZM Disambiguation of Time: 55 45 Categories (other): English entries with incorrect language header, English entries with topic categories using raw markup, English positive polarity items, English terms with non-redundant non-automated sortkeys Disambiguation of English entries with incorrect language header: 59 41 Disambiguation of English entries with topic categories using raw markup: 61 39 Disambiguation of English positive polarity items: 60 40 Disambiguation of English terms with non-redundant non-automated sortkeys: 59 41 Disambiguation of 'point in time at which something is utterly due': 93 7
  2. (countable, idiomatic) A very enjoyable or exciting experience or period of time. Tags: countable, idiomatic Categories (topical): Time Synonyms (very enjoyable or exciting period of time): high old time, hoot Translations (very enjoyable or exciting experience or period of time): herrliche Zeit [feminine] (German), großes Vergnügen [neuter] (German), Heidenspaß [masculine] (German)
    Sense id: en-high_time-en-noun-IqppM-qB Disambiguation of Time: 55 45 Disambiguation of 'very enjoyable or exciting period of time': 22 78 Disambiguation of 'very enjoyable or exciting experience or period of time': 17 83

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