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

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Another case is likely to reach the Arizona Supreme Court before long. John Schwartz, New York Times, "He Sues to Discredit Climate Scientists. Now He’s Being Sued by His Allies.," 11 July 2018 And Democrats and their allies are sure to run a barrage of ads attacking Walker before long. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scott Walker spends heavily on TV as Democrats scramble to raise cash," 29 June 2018 Confidence: Medium Tonight: Any showers or storms that might hang around in the evening should head east and out of here before long. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Late-day storm risks this weekend, but it’s more dry than not," 23 June 2018 Cell towers are down, and before long, Kathleen’s and Joe’s devices go down with them. Susanna Fogel, Glamour, "This Is What You’ve Got Mail Would Look Like 20 Years Later," 20 Dec. 2018 But before long, those chargers will be ripped right back out, along with the asphalt, and moved to a new spot to make room for more factory space. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla will live and die by the Gigafactory," 30 Nov. 2018 The group often studied or socialized together, but before long, Ben, who is from West Chester, saw Moriah as being different from his other new friends. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 Hancock said Tuesday, the day before Long’s scheduled introductory news conference at KU. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "'Genuine' Jeff Long to be introduced as Kansas AD at news conference Wednesday," 10 July 2018 This material formed a fast-spinning disk around the black hole; before long, twin jets began blasting from this disk's poles, research team members said. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Faster Than Light? Neutron-Star Merger Shot Out a Jet with Seemingly Impossible Speed," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of before long

1585, in the meaning defined above

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