sooner or later


Definition of sooner or later

: at some uncertain future time : sometime

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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 But sooner or later, consumers will pay the price, too. From Unilever Plc to Procter & Gamble Co. Fortune, 29 June 2021 However, sooner or later Biden will have to stop channeling Trump in his policy towards the island nation. Jorge Dávila Miguel, CNN, 20 June 2021 His admission underscored yet again that even the most zealous enablers who fail to buy into his abuses of power are sooner or later branded by the ex-President as heretics. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 12 July 2021 Gifting yourself a playful retreat is a way to bounce back from loss of momentum, general inactivity or the boredom of daily routine that all of us experience sooner or later. Shelby Knick, Forbes, 25 June 2021 More celestial traffic means, sooner or later, more celestial accidents. Alexander William Salter, National Review, 29 June 2021 Mask mandates are being relaxed and sooner or later will disappear. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 The bottom line, experts say, is a growing bill that – sooner or later – Chinese taxpayers will have to foot. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 May 2021 If that’s not enough to meet demand, higher prices will encourage more investment into operations—which sooner or later will fill the gap. Dan Runkevicius, Forbes, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of sooner or later

1577, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sooner or later was in 1577

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sooner or later

sooner rather than later

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28 Jul 2021

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“Sooner or later.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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