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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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 That number, Leurent hopes, will double to 40 before long. Scott Kirsner, BostonGlobe.com, "Take two apps and call me in the morning," 29 June 2018 The Gunners have already signed full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and goalkeeper Bernd Leno, with further deals for midfielder Lucas Torreira and centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos expected to also be announced before long. SI.com, "Arsenal Target Confirms He Wants to Join Gunners After Rejecting Offers From Turkish Clubs," 22 June 2018 After the big war, Life took him on its staff and before long sent him into a little one. Harrison Smith, Darryl Levings And Katie Bernard, kansascity, "From gruesome wars to Picasso portraits: KC-born photographer David Douglas Duncan dies," 7 June 2018 Cayre and Sapienza hit it off, and before long, were en route to a castle in Maastricht for a business seminar designed to educate art world professionals about finance and to educate financiers about the art world. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Longreads, "Tax-Free Storage Wars," 29 May 2018 Its editors were known to brag that any newcomer to the city would find their or their children’s names in the paper before long, often in stories about youth league teams or neighborhood associations. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Capital Gazette newspapers in Annapolis trace their origins to 1727," 28 June 2018 Officials are reaching out to trails agencies around the state and hope before long to fill in all of Ohio's more than 5,000 miles. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Nation's only state trails caucus prompts Ohio trails website (photos)," 16 Apr. 2018 One mile would become two, two would become three, and before long, all those races and training runs would feel like cakewalks. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "TrueForm Runner puts challenging, beneficial twist on traditional treadmill workout: Stretching Out," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of before long

1585, in the meaning defined above

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