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  • phrase time flies (used as an alternative to this phrase).
  • phrase "Meanwhile, the irreplaceable time escapes", expressing concern that one's limited time is being consumed by something which may have little intrinsic substance or importance at that moment.


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Borrowed from Latin, from the verse Georgica which was written by the Roman poet Virgil which is sed fugit interea fugit irreparabile tempus ("but it flees meanwhile: irretrievable time flees") which has the less literal translation "while, the irreplaceable time escapes".


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    June 19, 2007

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    September 17, 2009