time and tide wait for no man

c 1390 CHAUCER Clerk’s Tale 1.118 For thogh we slepe or wake, or rome, or ryde, Ay fleeth the tyme; it nil no [will no] man abyde.

a 1520 Everyman (1961) 1.143 The Tyde abydeth no man.

1592 R. GREENE Disputation between He Cony-catcher & She Cony-catcher X. 241 Tyde nor time tarrieth no man.

1639 J. CLARKE Parœmiologia Anglo-Latina 233 Time and tide tary on no man.

1767 ‘A. BARTON’ Disappointment II. i. Let’s step into the state-room, and turn in: Time and tide waits for no one.

1822 SCOTT Nigel III. ii. Come, come, master, let us get afloat... Time and tide wait for no man.

2002 Washington Post 10 Mar. SC11 (Family Circus comic strip) Time and tide wait for no man. ‘And a school bus waits for no boy.’


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  • time and tide wait for no man — one person cannot stop the forces of time, one person cannot change events that are fated to continue …   English contemporary dictionary

  • time and tide wait for no man —    This is used as a way of suggestion that people should act without delay.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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  • for no man — See: TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NO MAN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • time — ► NOUN 1) the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future, regarded as a whole. 2) a point of time as measured in hours and minutes past midnight or noon. 3) the favourable or appropriate moment to do… …   English terms dictionary

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  • tide — [OE] Tide originally meant ‘time’ – as in the tautologous ‘time and tide wait for no man’. Like the related German zeit, Dutch tijd, and Swedish and Danish tid, all of which mean ‘time’, it comes from a prehistoric Germanic *tīdiz. This was… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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