One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Do something faster or more often in order to compensate for not having done it quickly or often enough before.‘he may not have travelled much as a young man, but he has now made up for lost time’
- ‘And she is now making up for lost time - avidly studying a scrapbook of newspaper cuttings about her progress compiled by her mother.’
- ‘Dolly and Harry have spent most of the day outside, making up for lost time.’
- ‘‘It was nice for her to see her friends and I think she's making up for lost time,’ he added.’
- ‘Whether the partnership can move quickly enough to make up for lost time, however, remains to be seen.’
- ‘They are now growing at an astonishing rate, making up for lost time and prospering as a result of their low taxes and competitive economies.’
- ‘My work has taken me away a great deal and I want to make up for lost time whilst I am still hopefully young and fit enough to do so.’
- ‘Between 1900 and 1910, the gallery made up for lost time, buying and accepting gifts of 28 works by women, including oil paintings, water colours, drawing prints and a sculpture.’
- ‘She's made up for lost time and hasn't stopped talking since.’
- ‘I guess when you're thrown in with a group of people for a relatively short period of time, you make up for lost time by getting to know each other quickly.’
- ‘In any case, the 23-year-old has certainly been making up for lost time since his arrival.’
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