sooner or later

adverb

: at some uncertain future time : sometime

Examples of sooner or later in a Sentence

sooner or later, the police are going to track down the burglar
Recent Examples on the Web And the timing of sooner or later remains as ambiguous as ever. Talmon Joseph Smith, New York Times, 14 May 2024 So, any claim that something is hate speech can be converted into a rationale for censoring anything that anyone says, sooner or later. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2024 His allies always clung to their faith that, sooner or later, Navalny would outlive the regime and emerge from the prison to replace it. Simon Shuster / Vilnius, TIME, 17 Apr. 2024 Now the installation draws you in, and after lingering a while the scent begins to seem like a disagreeable odor that sooner or later pushes you out. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2024 Google acting dumb matters because its AI is headed to your searches sooner or later. Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2024 But sooner or later, the White House will have to ask lawmakers to sign off on additional money. Joel Rose, NPR, 29 Mar. 2024 Ever since California departments and agencies started implementing hybrid work rules, critics have suggested that sooner or later, the state will creep back toward a full-time in-office model. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 28 Mar. 2024 And sooner or later, protocols elsewhere will evolve, too. Helen Ouyang, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sooner or later was in 1577

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“Sooner or later.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sooner%20or%20later. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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