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 The Republicans denied this, and before long, the sides were shouting at each other. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for October 30: Immigration, impeachment, China, Brexit, NCAA," 30 Oct. 2019 Soon enough the stone fruit will disappear, and the rack parked near the bread ovens will parade fall fruits; before long the menu will list ricotta toast with persimmons, and pork belly with apples, and vanilla bean rice pudding with poached pears. Los Angeles Times, "This is the L.A. restaurant our critic recommends more than any other," 19 Sep. 2019 Erman sensed opportunity and offered to work at Scalabrine’s basketball camp, and, before long, an unlikely bond was formed. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 16 Sep. 2019 One thing led to another, and before long Highsmith clocked Sheehy running 40 yards in 4.38 seconds. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 22 Aug. 2019 The classmate tried to use it — a mock $100 bill — for lunch in the cafeteria, and before long, school security was involved. Washington Post, "The money was fake. The police were real. It happened in an elementary school.," 6 July 2019 The road wound left and right and turned to dirt, and before long we were surrounded by dozens of vendors. Max Marshall, SI.com, "Mining the Miracle," 26 June 2019 Some investors even fear the Fed will be forced before long to start cutting rates,... Aaron Back, WSJ, "No Spring Thaw in Store for Banks," 10 Apr. 2019 Sure enough, Rob’s pal Stan made a snarky comment, and before long the two were going at it. Larry David, The New Yorker, "On the First-World Campaign Trail," 11 Nov. 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Before long.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/before%20long. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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