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by-and-by

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

time that is to come
  • we shall meet again in the by-and-by

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by and by

adverb

Synonyms of by and by (Entry 2 of 2)

at or within a short time
  • we'll get under way by and by

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The first known use of by-and-by was in 1526

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“By-and-by.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/by%20and%20by. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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