before long

adverb

Definition of before long

: in the near future : soon

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Examples of before long in a Sentence

the painters ought to be done before long
Recent Examples on the Web Vu took their first bread orders via Instagram comments and messages, and before long, her social media marketing experiment seemed to be taking off. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Founders of Mims SLC bakery believe changing the world begins with breaking bread," 17 Jan. 2021 But before long, the vaccines will be available to the general public, and the biggest obstacle in the COVID-19 vaccination effort will eventually shift from distribution to skepticism. Brit Trogen, The Atlantic, "Go Ahead, Share Your Vaccine Selfie," 14 Jan. 2021 The arrival of the new year heralds vaccines, sane Washington, D.C., leadership and hopefully, before long, the chance to once again practice some of our favorite pastimes. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | OTHERS SAY: To a better 2021," 4 Jan. 2021 The current market suggests that before long, streets will be jammed with Teslas delivering DoorDash meals. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Post-Pandemic Future May Not Match Investor Fantasies," 24 Dec. 2020 Dozens of QAnon enthusiasts obliged, and before long the hashtag was on fire, at times racking up roughly 4,000 tweets per hour, according to the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), which tracks misinformation across social media channels. Rob Kuznia, CNN, "How Qanon's lies are hijacking the national conversation," 15 Dec. 2020 But before long, the agitators determined to find one another were successful - and posturing quickly turned into punching, kicking and wrestling. Anchorage Daily News, "Tensions flare, stabbings reported in Washington, D.C., as Proud Boys clash with anti-Trump demonstrators," 13 Dec. 2020 Her clients felt comfortable confiding in her, and before long, so did the residents of Bronxwood. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "“We Don’t Even Know Who Is Dead or Alive”: Trapped Inside an Assisted Living Facility During the Pandemic," 30 Nov. 2020 Japanese soldiers stole their luggage before long, and the girls survived the six-month walk on the gold coins — and as Chiang would later put it, the kindness of strangers. Paolo Lucchesi, SFChronicle.com, "Cecilia Chiang, an S.F. legend and the matriarch of Chinese food in America, dies," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of before long

1585, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of before long was in 1585

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24 Jan 2021

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“Before long.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/before%20long. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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