overtaken by events

idiom

: forced to be changed because of something that has suddenly and unexpectedly happened
The original date for the meeting was overtaken by events and had to be changed.

Examples of overtaken by events in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Official decisions may be overtaken by events in any case. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 31 July 2023 Wildfires and endless drought are the new normal, and even Ottilie’s efforts to do her part for sustainability rest on comfortable middle-class assumptions soon to be overtaken by events. Wendy Smith, Washington Post, 4 May 2023 The early and erroneous assessment that the threat was a gunman barricaded by himself, as opposed to an active shooter with victims all around him, was quickly overtaken by events at the school. Rachel Clarke, CNN, 7 Dec. 2022 Holiday traditions that define perfection are overtaken by events that shape new traditions. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2022 America’s grand new national defense strategy is finally ready to be implemented, it is either overtaken by events or a whole new team is settling into the White House. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Diplomacy is often overtaken by events on the ground. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 16 July 2022 It’s been thoroughly overtaken by events since, but by the time the midterm elections roll around in November, the implications of Congress’s failure to pass democratic reforms this term will be clear to all. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 18 Apr. 2022 Yet that was then, and this is later, and Tooze’s book already seems hugely dated, overtaken by events. Paul Krugman, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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“Overtaken by events.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtaken%20by%20events. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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