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time is money

  1. Money is wasted (in lost wages, missed opportunities, etc.) when a person's time is not used productively; time is valuable and should not be wasted.
    • 1823, James Fenimore Cooper, chapter 14, in The Pioneers:
      And what do you mean to do with your time this winter? You must remember that time is money.
    • 1919, Eleanor H. Porter, chapter 31, in Dawn:
      His words and manner carried the crisp terseness of the busy man whose time is money.