Borrowed from Latin tempus fugit, from the third book of the Georgics by the Roman poet Virgil (70–19 BCE): sed fugit interea fugit irreparabile tempus (“meanwhile, the irreplaceable time escapes”, literally “but it flees meanwhile: irretrievable time flees”).
- (phrasal) Synonym of .
- Expressing concern that one's limited time is being consumed by something which may have little intrinsic substance or importance at that moment.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈtem.pus ˈfu.ɡit/, [ˈt̪ɛmpʊs̠ ˈfʊɡɪt̪]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈtem.pus ˈfu.d͡ʒit/, [ˈt̪ɛmpus ˈfuːd͡ʒit̪]