Meaning of make up for lost time in English:

make up for lost time


  • Do something faster or more often in order to compensate for not having done it quickly or often enough before.

    ‘he may not have travelled much as a young man, but he has now made up for lost time’
    • ‘Whether the partnership can move quickly enough to make up for lost time, however, remains to be seen.’
    • ‘My work has taken me away a great deal and I want to make up for lost time whilst I am still hopefully young and fit enough to do so.’
    • ‘I guess when you're thrown in with a group of people for a relatively short period of time, you make up for lost time by getting to know each other quickly.’
    • ‘And she is now making up for lost time - avidly studying a scrapbook of newspaper cuttings about her progress compiled by her mother.’
    • ‘‘It was nice for her to see her friends and I think she's making up for lost time,’ he added.’
    • ‘They are now growing at an astonishing rate, making up for lost time and prospering as a result of their low taxes and competitive economies.’
    • ‘In any case, the 23-year-old has certainly been making up for lost time since his arrival.’
    • ‘Dolly and Harry have spent most of the day outside, making up for lost time.’
    • ‘She's made up for lost time and hasn't stopped talking since.’
    • ‘Between 1900 and 1910, the gallery made up for lost time, buying and accepting gifts of 28 works by women, including oil paintings, water colours, drawing prints and a sculpture.’