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 governments will sooner or later have to grapple with an important question. The Economist, "Locked out As the pandemic recedes, let migrants move again," 1 Aug. 2020 So far, most have remained unresolved, raising concerns that if proper checks are not put in place, sooner or later, India will grapple with issues similar to the US. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "The US antitrust hearings on big tech have an important lesson for India," 31 July 2020 The roof might have to start leaking, but Congress will do something sooner or later, one expert says. Robert Powell, USA TODAY, "How to plan for a smaller Social Security check," 4 June 2020 But with a bit of luck, astronomers could sooner or later evaluate its predictions. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "A Hydrogen Iceberg from a Failed Star Might Have Passed through Our Solar System," 3 June 2020 There's no crisis yet, but sooner or later market unease, fueled by the pandemic, will lead to a reckoning. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Euro Zone: Intermission," 17 Apr. 2020 But sooner or later, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is going to have to announce his running mate. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "1 of these 7 women will likely be Joe Biden's running mate," 12 May 2020 Raids may begin in some cities on Sunday, but local ICE branches could start them either sooner or later over the next few days, officials said. New York Times, "Trump Again Threatens ‘Major Operation’ Against Undocumented Migrants," 12 July 2019 To breathe, to have bones and muscle and sinews and fat, to move, to emote, to love — every last aspect of it is a miracle, which sooner or later will be taken from all of us. Washington Post, "A painting of Théodore Géricault as he lay dying is as astonishing as it is unflinching," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of sooner or later

1577, in the meaning defined above

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8 Aug 2020

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“Sooner or later.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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