One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The time for harvesting peas. Chiefly in figurative and similative expressions, especially in "the last of pea-time" (and variants): a time or condition of exhaustion, indigence, or decline; a person or thing in such a condition.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Caruthers (c1800–1846). From pea + time [interjection, conjunction].
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