One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually with negative Be pleasantly polite or friendly to someone.‘I wouldn't give him the time of day if I could help it’
- ‘But while many no longer give them the time of day, there are some who still believe if you take care of the pennies, the pounds take care of themselves.’
- ‘I usually don't even give them the time of day - I pretend to be foreign or just ignore them…’
- ‘Our third parties are considered by the majority to be on the fringes and the mainstream media won't give them the time of day so new or different ideas are not welcome and suppressed.’
- ‘When you're invisible to the establishment, you tend to gravitate towards those who will give you the time of day.’
- ‘But the great thing is she will be so mad at you that she won't give you the time of day.’
- ‘He'd heard my accent and decided there was no point giving me the time of day.’
- ‘The band's been sending copies to anyone who would give them the time of day, and the usual lackluster attitude turns to dust soon after.’
- ‘Want to make your dream girl or dream boy, the one who will not give you the time of day, fall head over heels in love with you?’
- ‘I wonder why people are so shocked, and sometimes scared when I don't mind giving them the time of day.’
- ‘He was a self-motivated man who'd always give you the time of day.’
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