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Roget category 133

1. Words expressing abstract relations
1.6. Time
›› 1.6.2. Relative time

#133. Lateness


lateness etc. adj. — tardiness etc. (slowness) 275.
delay, delationcunctation, procrastinationdeferring, deferral etc. v. — postponement, adjournment, prorogation, retardation, respite, pause, reprieve, stay of execution protraction, prolongationFabian policy, medecine expectante [Fr.], chancery suit, federal caseleewayhigh timemoratorium, holdover.


be late etc. adj. — tarry, wait, stay, bide, take timedawdle etc. (be inactive) 683linger, loiterbide one's time, take one's timegain timehang firestand over, lie over.
put off, defer, delay, lay over, suspendtable [Parl.]shift off, stave offwaive, retard, remand, postpone, adjournprocrastinatedallyprolong, protract spin out, draw out, lengthen out, stretch outproroguekeep backtide overpush to the last, drive to the lastlet the matter stand overreserve etc. (store) 636temporizeconsult one's pillow, sleep on it.
lose an opportunity etc. 135be kept waiting, dance attendancekick one's heels, cool one's heelsfaire antichambre [Fr.]wait impatientlyawait etc. (expect) 507sit up, sit up at night.


late, tardy, slow, behindhand, serotine, belated, postliminious, posthumous, backward, unpunctual, untimelydelayed, postponeddilatory etc. (slow) 275delayed etc. v. — in abeyance.


latelateward, backwardlate in the dayat sunset, at the eleventh hour, at length, at lastultimatelyafter time, behind time, after the deadlinetoo latetoo late for etc. 135.
slowly, leisurely, deliberately, at one's leisureex post factosine die.


nonum prematur in annum [Lat.] [Horace]; against the sunbeams serotine and lucent" [Longfellow]; ie meglio tardi che mai [It]deliberando saepe perit occasio [Lat.] [Syrus].

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