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Time waits for no man

  • Time waits for no man is the most quoted part of a proverb that is very old. A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase. These common sayings are language tools that particularly give advice or share a universal truth, or impart wisdom. Synonyms for proverb include adage, aphorism, sayings, and byword, which can also be someone or something that is the best example of a group. Often, a proverb is so familiar that a speaker will only quote half of it, relying on the listener to supply the ending of the written or spoken proverb himself. Speakers of English as a second language are sometimes confused by these pithy sayings as translations from English to other languages do not carry the impact that the English phrases carry. Some common proverbs are the wise sayings better late than never, early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, haste makes waste, blood is thicker than water, and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. One of the books of the Bible is the Book of Proverbs, which contains words and phrases that are still often quoted in the English language because they are wise. Many current proverbs are quotations taken from literature, particularly Shakespeare, as well as the Bible and other sacred writings. We will examine the meaning of the expression time waits for no man, where it may have come from, and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    The expression time waits for no man means that some things are inevitable, such as birth, death, the sun rising in the morning, and the passage of time. No man can control such inevitable natural phenomena or facts of life. In particular, the phrase time waits for no man is often used to acknowledge that someone is aging. The phrase time waits for no man is only part of a proverb. The entire proverb is: Time and tide wait for no man. In this case, the word tide is often taken to refer to the rising and falling of the ocean, which is another natural phenomenon that man can not control. In fact, the word tide in this expression means a season or a period of time, like Christmastide. The proverb is recorded as early as 1225, and is reputedly a quote from Saint Mahrer. In fact, it is believed that the expression time and tide wait for no man is much older.

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    Examples

    They say that time waits for no man, but in the case of Billy McFarland I suspect that time has stood still. (The Belfast Telegraph)

    There will likely be little outrage this time whenever Manning is instructed to pass the torch to Chosen Jones and stand next to Shurmur on the sideline, more likely an acknowledgment that time waits for no man, or Manning. (The New York Post)

    Time waits for no man – or woman, as Serena Williams discovered when Simona Halep beat the 37-year-old American 6-2, 6-2 in 56 minutes in Saturday’s final. (The Guardian)


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