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African time, adverbial phrase and noun phrase

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EnglishShow more African adjective1 sense 1 + English time.
Note:
Often affectionately jocular, but may be seen as offensive.
A. adverbial phrase According to a perception of time which leads to unpunctuality.
1963 K. Mackenzie Dragon to Kill 32Two-fifteen African time means four o’clock.
B. noun phrase A perception of time which leads to unpunctuality; black time, see black adjective sense 1 d. Also attributive. Cf. Indian time (see Indian noun sense 2 b).
1974 Schoolgirl Informant, GrahamstownCommunion this morning...Real African time set-up here...The service was at 7.30 and at eight o’clock the first person rocks up.
1991 You 7 Feb. 94In Windhoek, capital of newly independent Namibia, senior Western diplomats have discovered African time with a vengeance.
According to a perception of time which leads to unpunctuality.
A perception of time which leads to unpunctuality; black time, see blackadjective1 d. Also attributive.

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