at the earliest

idiom

used to indicate the earliest possible time when something will happen or be done
The job will not be finished until next year at the (very) earliest.

Examples of at the earliest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, there should be constant diplomatic effort, along with our allies, to establish peace at the earliest What’s a Texas policy issue that’s important to you, but not necessarily as high profile? Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The introduction of F-16s, expected at the earliest this spring, should erode the Russians’ edge in the skies, but Zaluzhnyi’s stated goal of achieving absolute air superiority to enable Ukraine to go on the offensive seems a distant prospect. Frederik Pleitgen, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 This release is expected Friday at the earliest, and Monday at the latest, Bowman told the Herald. Sav Kelly, Twin Cities, 11 Jan. 2024 Successful exploitation of the vulnerability allows attackers to neutralize this mechanism by executing malicious firmware at the earliest stages of the boot process before the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface firmware has loaded and handed off control to the operating system. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2024 That’s why builders and real estate professionals advise collecting financial documents at the earliest stages of house hunting. Cameron Sullivan, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 The bill, approved by the GOP-majority committee by a 22-12 vote, would ask the commission to recommend ways to balance the budget at the earliest reasonable date and to improve the long-term solvency of Medicare, Social Security and other programs paid for through trust funds. Kevin Freking, Fortune, 19 Jan. 2024 After the city surpassed 200 killings in September at the earliest point in a quarter-century, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and Police Chief Pamela A. Smith vowed to use every available tool to drive down crime. Emily Davies, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 Action plans for arsenic, cadmium, and mercury won’t be announced until 2024 at the earliest. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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“At the earliest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20the%20earliest. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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