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 Every visit to Nashville begins, or sooner or later ends up, under the neon moon of Lower Broadway. Fox News, 23 Sep. 2022 Writing is, after all, a technology, and most technologies are sooner or later surpassed and replaced. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2022 Both won thumping majorities three times and then succumbed to the impatience and ambition of parliamentary colleagues who, in their wisdom, ousted them midterm and replaced them with nonentities who were—sooner or later—rejected at the polls. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 5 Sep. 2022 But one of those had to come along sooner or later. Peter Debruge, Variety, 10 Sep. 2022 Perhaps seeing that the law is going to come for crypto sooner or later, the industry has been rallying behind an effort to pass a new regulatory framework just for crypto—one that spares the full wrath of the Howey test. Wired, 10 Aug. 2022 But the LaVie Mini shows that the dream is still alive and may actually come true sooner or later. Mitchell Clark, The Verge, 7 Jan. 2021 In retrospect, the adults knew sooner or later, the odds would even out, and my red and white Daredevle lure would get bit. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2022 Whether the world goes into a new one sooner or later, businesses like yours should be prepared for anything that comes their way. Derek Gallimore, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

26 Sep 2022

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“Sooner or later.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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