Fullness of time

“In the fullness of time” has always been one of those idioms which I found difficult to wrap my mind around.  The whole concept of time and fullness doesn’t make much intuitive sense to me.

In the fullness of time things will happen, or not, pic: http://www.clock-desktop.com

So here is what that expression means: in the fullness of times means “when the time is right and appropriate” or “when the allotted time comes” which translates into something along the lines of sometime in the future, much later.

This idiom is fairly old-fashioned and only rarely used in everyday and casual and business conversation.  I have heard it used mainly in religious contexts such as in this example: “Jesus will return in the fullness of time.”  else I have heard it used mainly ironically such as in this example:

“Judy is not saying a word about the new book she is writing.  I asked her repeatedly what it is about.  But not a word.”

“Don’t worry, she always goes through this little drama.  In the fullness of time it will all be revealed in great detail.” (ironic grin)

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