by-and-by


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by-and-by

(bī′ən-bī′)
n.
Some future time or occasion.
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by-and-by

(ˌbaɪ ənˈbaɪ)

n.
the future: to meet in the sweet by-and-by.
[1300–50; Middle English bi and bi one by one, at once. See by1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.by-and-by - an indefinite time in the future; "he'll get around to it in the sweet by-and-by"
future, futurity, time to come, hereafter - the time yet to come
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by-and-by

noun
Time that is yet to be:
Idiom: time to come.
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The mystery is that a few million intelligent and decent Republicans can ignore the collective cringe and shudder Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ike are doing in the sweet by-and-by. The mystery is why senators Olympia Snowe and Lincoln Chafee still call themselves Republicans.
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