(Greek and Latin, hora.)
At the eleventh hour.
Just in time not to be too late; only just in time to obtain some
benefit. The allusion is to the parable of labourers hired for the
vineyard (Matt. xx.).
My hour is not yet come.
The time of my death is not yet fully come. The allusion is to the
belief that the hour of our birth and death is appointed and fixed.
“When Jesus knew that His hour was come.”
John xiii. 1.
In an evil hour.
Acting under an unfortunate impulse. In astrology we have our lucky
and unlucky hours. In the small hours of the morning. One, two,
and three, after midnight.
To keep good hours.
To return home early every night; to go to bed bedtimes. “Se
retirer la nuit de bonne heure.” In Latin, “Tempestive se domum
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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