sooner or later


Definition of sooner or later 

: at some uncertain future time : sometime

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eventually, finally, someday, sometime, ultimately, yet

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Examples of sooner or later in a Sentence

sooner or later, the police are going to track down the burglar

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The dim sum here is self-serve, meaning that every diner, sooner or later—and most more than once—makes her way to the corner where the towers of bamboo steamers stand. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Learn from Newton: When this kind of thing goes up, sooner or later, gravity works. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Look Out, Bitcoin Has Lost Its Tether," 1 July 2018 Just about anything the IDF buys will be used in action sooner or later—probably sooner—a reality that Tzuker, a ramrod-straight former infantry officer, understood better than most. Matthew Campbell,, "Benjamin Netanyahu Could Be Heading for a Fifth Term. Or to Court," 14 June 2018 Unavailable men can want without inhibition, knowing that sooner or later reality will intervene. Shelly Oria, Longreads, "How to Be Single," 2 July 2018 But the problem with saviours is that, sooner or later, countries have to try to save themselves from them. The Economist, "The price of electing saviours in Latin America," 27 June 2018 That amount will go up to 20 percent in the budget – a fee that's likely to be passed along to residents sooner or later. Sharon Coolidge,, "Cincinnati council members agreed on a budget. Here are the winners and losers.," 25 June 2018 As with the numerous flashlight apps that used to plague the App Store, measuring stuff with your phone is such a simple feature that it was bound to get integrated into iOS sooner or later. James Vincent, The Verge, "Six apps, services, and features Apple copied for iOS 12," 5 June 2018 One thing for sure is that West Ham will have a decision to make on their most promising youngster sooner or later., "Ajax and AC Milan Keeping Tabs on Exciting West Ham Youngster Ahead of Potential Summer Move," 18 Apr. 2018

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1577, in the meaning defined above

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