all the time
all the time
1. Lit. throughout a specific period of time. •

Bill was stealing money for the last two years, and Tom knew it all the time.

All the time through December and January, Jane held down two jobs.

2. Fig. at all times; continuously. •

Your blood keeps flowing all the time.

That electric motor runs all the time.

3. Fig. repeatedly; habitually. •

She keeps a handkerchief in her hand all the time.

He whistles all the time. It drives me crazy.

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{adv. phr.} 1. or[all the while] During the whole period; through the whole time. * /Mary went to college in her home town and lived at home all the while./ * /Most of us were surprised to hear that Mary and Tom had been engaged all year, but Sue said she knew it all the time./ 2. Without stopping; continuously * /Most traffic lights work all the time./ 3. Very often; many times. * /Ruth talks about her trip to Europe all the time, and her friends are tired of it./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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