Share this entry

Share this page

give someone the time of day

Definition of give someone the time of day in English:

[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.
See parent entry: time

Definition of give someone the time of day in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…