Be a sign of the times = something that shows that society now is worse than it was in the past. ( a typical thing about the time we live in)
- These riots are a sign of the times.
- The fact that he had been dead for a week in his apartment before anybody found him is a sign of the times.
- It’s a sign of the times that you cannot speak to a real human being when you telephone a bank. All you get is an automatic voice,
At the end of the day = ultimately, eventually, in the final analysis; when everything is taken into consideration.
- At the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens in the school.
- Of course I will listen to what she has to say but at the end of the day, it’s my decision.
- At the end of the day it is up to the management to decide.
Out of date = old and not useful.
- My computer is out of date.
- This milk is out of date. I will throw it away.
- Many of the facts in the book are now out of date.
- Out of date technology.