no sooner

idiom

used to emphasize the short time in which something happens
I had no sooner walked through the door when the phone rang.
No sooner did I walk through the door than the phone rang.

Examples of no sooner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But no sooner is the family safe and sound in their new lives than a neighbor figures out Gru’s true identity, and blackmails him into joining her in a heist — with Minions, of course. Julie Tremaine, Peoplemag, 6 July 2024 The inspector general recommends a number of steps the agency should take before the first flight with astronauts, scheduled for no sooner than September of next year. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2024 The second dose should be given no sooner than 28 days after the first. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 21 Mar. 2024 Sam crosses paths with Tozawa in the hallway no sooner than getting clear of Nagata. Andy Andersen, Vulture, 7 Mar. 2024 Guests can begin lining up at 6 a.m. on May 11, no sooner. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 30 Apr. 2024 Criminals surely won’t give them up, no sooner than a mechanic would trade in his wrenches. Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 7 Apr. 2024 Kentucky law currently indicates an unpaid lunch break must be provided no sooner than 3 hours after a shift begins and nor later than 5 hours after the start of a shift. Chris Sims, The Courier-Journal, 5 Mar. 2024 Ali Abbasi’s film The Apprentice premiered at Cannes Film Festival on Monday evening and no sooner than the run time could reach its conclusion was the Trump Campaign already threatening to file a lawsuit. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 21 May 2024

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“No sooner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no%20sooner. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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