Definition of keep bad time in English:

keep bad time


  • 1(of a clock or watch) record time inaccurately.

    • ‘It was a matter of pride to possess a clock that kept good time and people went to great lengths to secure it.’
    • ‘So it was a privilege for me to be get up close to see the ingenious workings of Harrison's magnificent clock, still keeping good time, nearly 300 years after it was made.’
    • ‘Officials from the town hall were called in to investigate and promised that the clock would be keeping good time again as soon as possible.’
    • ‘As the metaphor implies, newer is not necessarily better, and the grandfather clock is still keeping good time.’
    • ‘Frustrated that it doesn't keep good time, Jerry throws a watch his parents gave him into a trash can on the street.’
    • ‘At the top of the street is the old town hall clock, dating from 1891, which is well maintained and keeps good time.’
    • ‘The bus driver, passengers, nor the bus, moved to see if they could help the bleeding man who had golden glossy eyes, wet dark hair, a thousand dollar beige suit, and a watch that still kept good time.’
    • ‘It was a just a simple watch of course, intended for the wrist of a young child, but it had a quartz crystal and it kept good time and that was what mattered most.’
    • ‘Most atomic clocks are actually not used to keep time the way a clock on the wall keeps time. They're most useful in measuring the amount of time that has elapsed in a laboratory.’
    • ‘Since the late fifteenth century, humans have been devising elegant and innovative technologies for measuring and mapping Earth, navigating, keeping time, and observing the heavens.’
    • ‘Here's the latest in integrated personal technology: A watch that keeps time and pays at the pump!’
    • ‘The movement - the mechanism that keeps time - can include hundreds of parts.’
    • ‘It certainly kept time well enough while we were testing it, and continues to do so.’
    • ‘Those first clocks hardly kept time better than the sun dials and water clocks they replaced.’
    • ‘The owner found nothing wrong with his watch, for it still kept time correctly, so Quentin leaves.’
  • 2(of a person) be habitually unpunctual.

    ‘Shallow water is the best place to find and catch barble and they normally move into these areas at about 10am although they do not keep time well.’
    ‘In law firms this is of particular importance as firms are looking for people who are able to keep time well as their whole income depends upon it.’