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fface Oct 20th, 2019 10:25 pm

on my time
 
Hi,

Wat does the sentence mean?

'Stop dancing on my time.'

Thank you very much.

susan53 Oct 27th, 2019 02:44 am

Re: on my time
 
It's very difficult to answer this question as you haven't given the context and, as always, interpretation of meaning is always affected by context.

However, the expression "to do something on someone else's time" means to do something for personal reasons when you should be working - ie when someone else is paying for your time.

For example, if you spend an hour at work writing personal emails rather than getting on with your job, then you are answering your emails "on the company's time".

To invent a context for your sentence, it might be eg in a factory where the workers on a production line are doing a fairly routine mechanical job, but there is background music playing to make things less boring. One of the workers starts dancing to the music and after a minute all of them have stopped working and joined in. At that moment the boss (the factory owner) arrives and says angrily : Stop dancing on my time!

fface Oct 27th, 2019 06:25 am

Re: on my time
 
Hi susan,

Thank you very much for your helpful answer. I think that's the exactly the meaning what I have been looking for.

Are there any other different definitions of 'on one's time'?

susan53 Oct 29th, 2019 04:11 am

Re: on my time
 
Not that I can think of.


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