(to be) a matter of time

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a matter of time

"(to be) a matter of time"

"(to be) only a matter of time"

"(to be) just a matter of time"

certain to happen at some time in the future


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a matter of time

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I can't believe that Stewart is still working here. He has made major mistakes and cost the company a lot of money. His incompetence is unbelievable.

Colleague 2:  It is only a matter of time before he gets fired.

Colleague 1:  So you think he will get fired? When?

Colleague 2:  Not sure but soon.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a matter of time

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Aren't you worried about your cat?

Friend 2:  He is always running away.

Friend 1:  So you think he will come back?

Friend 2:  It is just a matter of time. He will get hungry and find his way home eventually. He always does.

(to be) a matter of time - Usage:


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(to be) a matter of time - Gerund Form:

Being only a matter of time before a car passed, the stranded couple simply waited.

(to be) a matter of time - Examples:

1)  ... investors suspect it is only a matter of time before it delivers another cut to the 2.5 percent cash rate.

2)  ... and that it's only a matter of time before the paperwork is completed and the deal is made official.

3)  ... sport gets into bed with big gambling. It's only a matter of time before it infects all the major sporting codes.

4)  ... how they obstruct drivers' and cyclists' views, it seems like only a matter of time before someone steps out from behind one of these pillars and gets hurt.

5)  It's only a matter of time before that happens, but until then, high prices will stick around.

6)  Without state money, it's only a matter of time until universities start shutting down.

7)  ... was recently reported as saying it was only a matter of time before we saw a female F1 driver.

8)  With selling points like security, speed and convenience, it's only a matter of time before we see widespread adoption of the mobile wallet.

9)  ... we do it in numbers because we know it's only a matter of time before we can't.

10)  ... although given the effort undertaken to secure distribution rights, it seems only a matter of time before the two brands attract the additional management attention they deserve.

11)  ... believes it's a matter of time before every province legalizes private-store wine, beer and spirit sales.

12)  Leaving the wire in place was not an option as it was only a matter of time before it got hung up in the forest and injured the animal.

13)  But he needs to know we're on his trail. It's just a matter of time before he puts a foot wrong.

14)  The bug is knocking at Manitoba's door and experts say it's only a matter of time before it breaches Manitoba's borders.

15)  ... introducing HD handsets this year and we think the majority will be HD in a matter of time.

16)  It may just be a matter of time before the Chinese private sector plays a bigger role in the global arena.

17)  Although we have not yet had a serious outbreak, it is only a matter of time before it happens.

18)  ... it's just a matter of time before they attack us again.

19)  I believe that Joey is mentally unstable, and it is only a matter of time before he harms himself, my daughter or anyone that may step in ...

20)  In fact she also felt the same. I am sure it is just a matter of time and we'll do a film together soon.