sooner or later

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - sooner or later

"sooner or later"

at some uncertain time in the future but inevitably


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - sooner or later

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The press assembly machine is getting really old. We should think about replacing it.

Colleague 2:  But it is quite an expensive machine. Can we not just keep fixing it?

Colleague 1:  Sure. We can keep it going for some time but sooner or later it is going to need to be replaced. It will not last forever.

Colleague 2:  Then we will start to make a capital cost plan for its eventual replacement.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - sooner or later

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Where is your cat?

Friend 2:  Its been gone for a couple of days now.

Friend 1:  Aren't you worried that it won't return?

Friend 2:  The cat always comes back sooner or later, usually when it gets very hungry.

sooner or later - Usage:


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sooner or later - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for sooner or later.

sooner or later - Examples:

1)  Obviously I'd like that to happen sooner or later but it will happen on its own time rather than on any forced ...

2)  ... interests necessarily dictate that a strategic rapprochement -- however uneasy and awkward -- will come sooner or later between Washington and Beijing.

3)  If they have something to say, they will sooner or later find readers; if not, they won't.

4)  With the quality we've got in attack, we know that sooner or later we'll find a way through.

5)  ... the station would work for a while (though be wasteful and polluting) but sooner or later the changes would need to be made anyway.

6)  Oligarchies bear an unhappy resemblance to cheese. Sooner or later they turn rancid in the sun.

7)  Bonuses reached unprecedented levels. Sooner or later, something had to give.

8)  That many employees are going to be separated from their jobs sooner or later is so certain giving the economic challenges companies are facing to sustain their ...

9)  ... don't compromise who you are for people that refuse to accept your uniqueness; sooner or later, they will realize their folly and not yours.

10)  ... day of the disaster appear to have hastened a collapse that was bound to occur sooner or later.

11)  Sooner or later many of us will need surgery, but none of us wants to ...

12)  ... notice that they cross-mimic as well -- you've probably noticed in the market that sooner or later everything seems to look quite alike.

13)  ... now understands that this MMM will eventually fold up sooner or later so he carefully weighs his options.

14)  We believe in him and of course we believe that sooner or later there will be no problem.

15)  This is because if a building were left unoccupied for long, sooner or later, there would be need for maintenance.

16)  Almost every politician in my experience sooner or later blames the media messengers for an unwelcome message. 

17)  But doing all these things is likely to, sooner or later, cause political discontent and a quick resumption of street protests.

18)  Sooner or later, we must expand life beyond this green-and-blue ball -- or go extinct.

19)  Fearing that security forces would catch up with his past sooner or later, he confided in his family and assured them he would start afresh.

20)  What is upstream in the river sooner or later comes downstream.