showtime

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

show +‎ time

Noun[edit]

showtime (plural showtimes)

  1. The time at which an entertainment event is set to begin.
    • 1999, Thomas Schatz, Boom and Bust: American Cinema in the 1940s (page 397)
      Ushers announced movie showtimes from the moment the A picture started because the wraparound material was simply not the main attraction.
  2. (figuratively) The time for action.
    • 2003, Soldier of Fortune (volume 28, page 125)
      "It's showtime," said Staff Sergeant Wallace Mains, a section leader in the 81mm mortar platoon, as he picked up his gear []

Interjection[edit]

showtime!

  1. A declaration that something is about to happen, particularly that the person speaking is about to act.