time is of the essence



A provision often included in construction, supply, transport, and other types of contracts to stress the punctual completion of the job (or repayment of a loan) as a vital element of the performance of the contract. Any failure to complete the work (or to pay the sums) within stated time limits may constitute breach of the contract.

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  • "You have until the end of July to finish the job, and time is of the essence," proclaimed the site manager to his team of construction workers.

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  • When a patient is experiencing severe chest pain, time is of the essence to institute measures to reestablish coronary blood flow and avoid further cardiac ischemia.

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  • You may be in a situation where time is of the essence and you will have to put in extra hours to finish.

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