time is of the essence

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - time is of the essence

"time is of the essence"

a need for haste in action or response


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - time is of the essence

"time is of the essence"

meeting all the deadlines is essential and required


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - time is of the essence

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How are we going to respond to this emergency?

Colleague 2:  I think we should consult the board.

Colleague 1:  That could take too long and time is of the essence if we want to avert a disaster.

Colleague 2:  Then let's get started putting together an emergency response team right now and deal with the board later.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - time is of the essence

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Is that order ready to ship?

Colleague 2:  We have had some problems in the packaging department.

Colleague 1:  That order absolutely must go out today. Time is of the essence. The contract clearly states that if delivery is not as scheduled that we will be in breach of contract and have to pay a heavy penalty.

Colleague 2:  I'll go to the plant and make it happen.

time is of the essence - Usage:


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time is of the essence - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for time is of the essence.

time is of the essence - Examples:

1)  When a pollution incident occurs, time is of the essence - you need to react before pollution has a chance to spread.

2)  ... are used by businesses primarily involved in service based industries and time is of the essence when things break down.

3)  ... can not do it alone especially when time is of the essence, and the numbers of those affected are beyond its reach.

4)  In emergency situations time is of the essence and the quicker paramedics can get access to a defibrillator the more lives can be ...

5)  Time is of the essence as there are only 19 days until the election.

6)  ... a matter of urgency, reconsider its decision. Time is of the essence here. I can not sit and wait and wait and wait!

7)  In the hectic and ruthless world of business, time is of the essence.

8)  Questions are multiple-choice, and time is of the essence: You have 50 seconds to answer.

9)  Time is of the essence, Once you have this it can be fatal within an hour, or less.

10)  If you're looking to take a photo and time is of the essence, iOS 10 makes it easier and quicker than ever to call up the camera.

11)  When a breach happens, time is of the essence. What happens in the first few hours will dramatically affect the overall impact of ...

12)  ...facilities often don't have access to specialist insights, and time is of the essence in seeking an expert opinion to ensure the most appropriate treatment in an emergency.

13)  However critically ill people, for whom 'time is of the essence', will be left at risk as a result of their action.

14)  ... knows all too well time is of the essence in a life or death situation. 

15)  ... rapid diagnostic assays can be performed virtually anywhere in minutes when time is of the essence

16)  In dangerous situations time is of the essence, and so human beings adapted mechanisms to respond quickly to visual cues.

17)  Any mental health professional will tell you time is of the essence when a person, especially a more impulsive young person, is in crisis.

18)  With the games fast approaching, time is of the essence, and the organizing committee must find a resolution early next week.

19)  As we all know, time is of the essence in locating a person that has gone missing and the need for police to get ...

20)  Time is of the essence and I think we need to go ahead with the scheme.