before long


before long
adverb
in the near future (Freq. 1)
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the doctor will soon be here

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the book will appear shortly

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she will arrive presently

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we should have news before long

Syn: ↑soon, ↑shortly, ↑presently

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SOON, shortly, presently, in the near future, in a little while, by and by, in a minute, in a moment, in a second; informal anon, in a jiffy; Brit. informal in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo; dated directly; poetic/literary ere long.
long

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before long or (poetic or facetious) ere long
Soon
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Main Entry:long

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before long phrase
soon

She joined the company in 1995, and before long she was promoted to sales manager.

Thesaurus: soon and as soon as possiblesynonym
Main entry: long

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before long
: in a short amount of time :soon

They said they would be finished before long.

Before long the light rain had turned into a heavy downpour.

We expect them to arrive before long. [=before much longer]

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Main Entry:long

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • before long — {adv. phr.} In a short time; without much delay; in a little while, soon. * /Class will be over before long./ * /We were tired of waiting and hoped the bus would come before long./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • before long — {adv. phr.} In a short time; without much delay; in a little while, soon. * /Class will be over before long./ * /We were tired of waiting and hoped the bus would come before long./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • before\ long — adv. phr. In a short time; without much delay; in a little while, soon. Class will be over before long. We were tired of waiting and hoped the bus would come before long …   Словарь американских идиом

  • before long — we ll be in Kentucky before long Syn: soon, shortly, presently, in the near future, in a little while, by and by, in a minute, in a moment, in a second; informal anon, in a jiffy; dated directly; literary ere long …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • before long — soon. I think we ll be finished with this before long …   New idioms dictionary

  • before long — soon She joined the company in 1995, and before long she was promoted to sales manager …   English dictionary

  • before long — Synonyms and related words: after a time, after a while, afterward, afterwards, anon, betimes, by and by, by destiny, directly, ere long, fatally, hopefully, imminently, in a moment, in a while, in aftertime, in due course, in due time, in the… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • before long — adverb Date: 1619 in the near future ; soon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • before long — pretty soon, within a short period of time …   English contemporary dictionary

  • before long — idi soon …   From formal English to slang


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