by the time

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: at the time : when I had lived in 12 different cities by the time I turned 18. By the time she showed up, I was finished eating.

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“By the time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by%20the%20time. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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