sooner or later

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adv. soon·er, soon·est
a. In the near future; shortly: The bus should be here soon.
b. Just prior to something; shortly: The news broke soon before he resigned.
2. Without hesitation; promptly or speedily: I came as soon as possible.
3. With willingness; readily: I'd as soon leave right now.
4. Archaic Before the usual or appointed time; early.
5. Obsolete Immediately.
no sooner ... than
As soon as: No sooner was the frost off the ground than the work began.
sooner or later
At some time; eventually: Sooner or later you will have to face the facts.

[Middle English sone, from Old English sōna, immediately, soon.]
Usage Note: In the phrase no sooner, the word sooner is a comparative adverb, just as the word better is in the phrase no better. As such, the expression should be followed by than, not when: No sooner had she opened her book than the doorbell rang. I had no sooner left than she called.
عاجِلا أم آجلا
dříve či pozdějidříve nebo později
før eller senere
fyrr eîa seinna
vroeg of laat
skôr či neskôr


(suːn) adverb
1. in a short time from now or from the time mentioned. They'll be here sooner than you think; I hope he arrives soon.
2. early. It's too soon to tell.
3. willingly. I would sooner stand than sit.
as soon as
(not later than the moment) when. You may have a biscuit as soon as we get home.
no sooner … than
when ... immediately. No sooner had we set off than we realized we'd left the dog behind.
sooner or later
eventually. He'll come home sooner or later, I suppose.
the sooner the better
as quickly as possible. `When shall I tell him?' `The sooner the better!'
References in classic literature ?
What is ordered must sooner or later arrive," continued Hawkeye, turning with a sad and humbled look to Uncas.
It must be so; yes, it's part of his creed, I suppose; well, then, let him rest; he'll get up sooner or later, no doubt.
Such unintermitted strainings upon the planted iron must sooner or later inevitably extract it.
Every one felt it, sooner or later, and then it was all up with him, at least for that sort of work.
I was a New Englander, and in my opinion this sort of partner- ship would compromise her, sooner or later.
Tyndall, that the glacier will sooner or later restore to us the remains of the unfortunate victims.
I was haunted by the fear that she would, sooner or later, find me out, with a black face and hands, doing the coarsest part of my work, and would exult over me and despise me.
Now, sir, it's got to come to blows sooner or later, and what I propose is to take time by the forelock, as the saying is, and come to blows some fine day when they least expect it.
No matter what good advice we gave them, they were caught sooner or later.
But all the same he did not enjoy his good fortune, for he could not forget his compact with the nixy, and he knew that sooner or later she would demand his fulfilment of it.
And yet we all know that those very people sooner or later have been false to themselves, playing some queer trick, often a most unseemly one.