The word ”time” as a conjunction

In “Time travel” James Gleick discusses the OED definition of the noun ”time” (p248). He notes, in parentheses, that it can also function as an interjection and an obscure conjunction. Sadly, the online version of the OED does not include this lemma, and it’s difficult to Google for.

Can anybody give an example of this use, and what it means?


It is listed in the online OED, only it’s on the same page as the noun definitions. Even without a subscription you can see the older version which isn’t very complete here.

Here are the definitions from the OED 3 with a random quote of each:

Eng. regional and U.S. regional. During the time that; while; when. Now rare.

1948   M. Carbery & E. Grey Herts. Heritage 145:   Time, when: ‘Time we lived Redbourne way.’

colloq. (chiefly U.S. and Caribbean). By the time that; as soon as; at the moment that.
Formerly esp. in representations of African-American usage.

1938   M. K. Rawlings Yearling ix. 78:   You git on to the sink-hole, son, and I’ll foller time I’ve skinned out your ‘coon hide.

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