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17 / 09 / 2009

JUST IN TIME: meaning and examples


Yesterday we looked at the expression it's about time, to indicate that something should have happened before now, and that we are not happy about that fact. Today's expression also uses the word time.

Today's expression is: Just in time

Meaning: in the last possible moment. (Justo a tiempo)

Example 1:
In American films, the hero always seems to escape just in time.

Example 2:
We got on the train just in time. Just 30 seconds after boarding, it left the station.

The adjective just-in-time (with hyphens between the words) is an expression that is used in business to describe a system in which parts or materials are only delivered to a factory right before they are needed. (It is often abbreviated JIT.) So, we talk about just-in-time production, just-in-time inventory or just-in-time manufacturing. It is sometimes used as a noun too (see example below).

Example 3:
JIT can dramatically improve a manufacturing organization's return on investment, quality, and efficiency

In Ziggurat, we like to say that we offer just-in-time English training for professionals and companies. ;-)

Remember that tomorrow we will send the Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking students of English.

Have a great day!