One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Exchange greetings or casual remarks.
- ‘A few women stood chatting in the water, only their heads showing above the rippled surface - looking as natural as old ladies passing the time of day at a London bus stop.’
- ‘It was empty except for the owner who was passing the time of day with some of his acquaintances.’
- ‘They passed the time of day, and chatted for a few minutes, as dozens, if not hundreds or more, students then went to their next classes.’
- ‘But I think now that he was picking up information, sizing people up, while appearing to be passing the time of day.’
- ‘Another said: ‘You only see people around here when you're out walking the dog, but when you see her she always gives a big smile and passes the time of day.’’
- ‘The market was well attended, and increasingly one sees people sitting outside under trees, passing the time of day, almost as if we were in the Continent!’
- ‘They always passed the time of day and she always waved.’
- ‘Whether he was in his eighties or not, he was still handsome and charming, and obviously still liked to pass the time of day with a strange woman.’
- ‘One thinks of the shopkeepers and craftsmen in and around the Agora with whom Socrates passed the time of day.’
- ‘They could be valued public spaces where people can enjoy the local shops, meet with neighbours and pass the time of day.’
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