[usually with negative] Be pleasantly polite or friendly to someone: I wouldn’t give him the time of day if I could help it
More example sentences
- I wonder why people are so shocked, and sometimes scared when I don't mind giving them the time of day.
- He'd heard my accent and decided there was no point giving me the time of day.
- He was a self-motivated man who'd always give you the time of day.
Definition of give someone the time of day in:
- The US English dictionary