Meaning of not before time in English:

not before time

Translate not before time into Spanish


  • Used to convey that something now happening or about to happen should have happened earlier.

    ‘a new law is proposed to curb this type of blatantly dishonest description, and not before time’
    • ‘‘Well done Peter’, we all say, and not before time!’
    • ‘And it is not before time that he is recognised and I am absolutely delighted for him.’
    • ‘These new officers are not before time, but we still need more bobbies on the beat.’
    • ‘This week the excellent work to tackle breast cancer has been highlighted, and not before time.’
    • ‘Under new legislation these firms will soon be regulated: not before time!’
    • ‘For many observers out there, it's not before time.’
    • ‘The announcement is not before time, considering the many tedious months of procrastination and prevarication there have been over this vexed issue.’
    • ‘These changes are important, and not before time.’
    • ‘The hours have been curtailed, and not before time.’
    • ‘These reforms have been well signalled and, not before time, it looks as if the sector is waking up to the challenges threatening to engulf it.’