"it's about time" meaning in English

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Interjection

IPA: /ɪts əˈbaʊt taɪm/ Audio: En-au-it's about time.ogg [Australia] Forms: it's about time ! [canonical]
Head templates: {{head|en|interjection|head=it's about time!}} it's about time!
  1. (idiomatic, sarcastic) Used to express impatience at the eventual occurrence of something that the speaker or writer considered to be long overdue. Tags: idiomatic, sarcastic Translations (expression of impatience): 是時候 (Chinese Mandarin), 是时候 (shì shíhou) (Chinese Mandarin), het werd tijd (Dutch), dat werd tijd (Dutch), eindelijk (Dutch), jam temp' está (Esperanto), on korkea aika (Finnish), lopultakin (Finnish), vihdoinkin (Finnish), jo oli aikakin (Finnish), c’est pas trop tôt (French), ce n’est pas trop tôt (French), bon débarras (French), j’ai failli attendre (French), il était temps (French), Das wird auch langsam Zeit! [idiomatic] (German), mikið var! (Icelandic), það var mikið! (Icelandic), það er mál til komið! (Icelandic), mál til komið! (Icelandic), era ora! (Italian), beidzot! (Latvian), sen jau bija laiks! (Latvian), já era hora (Portuguese), já era tempo (Portuguese), наконец-то! (nakon'éc-to) (Russian), no konečne! (Slovak), je na čase! (Slovak), ya va siendo hora (Spanish), det är/var på tiden (Swedish)
    Sense id: en-it's_about_time-en-intj-affbOYoF Categories (other): English entries with incorrect language header

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          "word": "Das wird auch langsam Zeit!"
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          "lang": "Icelandic",
          "sense": "expression of impatience",
          "word": "mikið var!"
        },
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          "code": "is",
          "lang": "Icelandic",
          "sense": "expression of impatience",
          "word": "það var mikið!"
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          "code": "is",
          "lang": "Icelandic",
          "sense": "expression of impatience",
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          "sense": "expression of impatience",
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          "sense": "expression of impatience",
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      "sense": "expression of impatience",
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      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "jam temp' está"
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      "sense": "expression of impatience",
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      "sense": "expression of impatience",
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      "code": "fi",
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      "sense": "expression of impatience",
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      "code": "fi",
      "lang": "Finnish",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "jo oli aikakin"
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      "code": "fr",
      "lang": "French",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "c’est pas trop tôt"
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      "code": "fr",
      "lang": "French",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "ce n’est pas trop tôt"
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    {
      "code": "fr",
      "lang": "French",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "bon débarras"
    },
    {
      "code": "fr",
      "lang": "French",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "j’ai failli attendre"
    },
    {
      "code": "fr",
      "lang": "French",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "il était temps"
    },
    {
      "code": "de",
      "lang": "German",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "tags": [
        "idiomatic"
      ],
      "word": "Das wird auch langsam Zeit!"
    },
    {
      "code": "is",
      "lang": "Icelandic",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "mikið var!"
    },
    {
      "code": "is",
      "lang": "Icelandic",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "það var mikið!"
    },
    {
      "code": "is",
      "lang": "Icelandic",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "það er mál til komið!"
    },
    {
      "code": "is",
      "lang": "Icelandic",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "mál til komið!"
    },
    {
      "code": "it",
      "lang": "Italian",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "era ora!"
    },
    {
      "code": "lv",
      "lang": "Latvian",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "beidzot!"
    },
    {
      "code": "lv",
      "lang": "Latvian",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "sen jau bija laiks!"
    },
    {
      "code": "pt",
      "lang": "Portuguese",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "já era hora"
    },
    {
      "code": "pt",
      "lang": "Portuguese",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "já era tempo"
    },
    {
      "code": "ru",
      "lang": "Russian",
      "roman": "nakon'éc-to",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "наконец-то!"
    },
    {
      "code": "sk",
      "lang": "Slovak",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "no konečne!"
    },
    {
      "code": "sk",
      "lang": "Slovak",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "je na čase!"
    },
    {
      "code": "es",
      "lang": "Spanish",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "ya va siendo hora"
    },
    {
      "code": "sv",
      "lang": "Swedish",
      "sense": "expression of impatience",
      "word": "det är/var på tiden"
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  "word": "it's about time"
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