Word/phrase for "time-wise in-between"?

Say my arrival was time-wise in-between lunch and dinner.

Say I want to say that more idiomatically, how would I do that?

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    Why wouldn't simply "between" work? Or possibly "in the middle of"
    – Nicole
    Apr 19, 2015 at 1:24
  • Between lunch and dinner is in the afternoon.
    – Barmar
    Apr 19, 2015 at 9:08

3 Answers 3


Nicole is right; just use between. Most English speakers will easily distinguish between temporal and spatial uses of between without any additional words.


Adding -wise to the end of a word, in general means "in terms of the thing preceding the "-wise". I would think most often used when a distinction in what you are referring to is needed.

EXAMPLE: Someone asks you to describe the events of the previous night. You could say, "food-wise, I tried the escargot". Time-wise, between eating and leaving the table, I got sick.

The whole thing "time-wise, in between", I have never really heard. It seems that when followed by something that can be nothing other than a duration of time, it is better to leave out 'time-wise'.

  • 1
    He's not planning on using time-wise, he's just using that as the description of the word he's asking for.
    – Barmar
    Apr 19, 2015 at 9:08

After a few days of not thinking about this at all, I realized the word interim fits the criteria.

Although it's not terribly good from a stylistic perspective.

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