a matter of time

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a matter of time

An inevitability or eventuality; something that is or seems sure to happen at some point in the future. With your reckless spending behavior, it's just a matter of time before you go broke.
See also: matter, of, time
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When he at last became a free man again, he said he believed he would hunt up a brisker seat of learning; the Heidelberg lectures might be good, but the opportunities of attending them were too rare, the educational process too slow; he said he had come to Europe with the idea that the acquirement of an education was only a matter of time, but if he had averaged the Heidelberg system correctly, it was rather a matter of eternity.
He FELT that he would never overcome his passion, but he KNEW that after all it was only a matter of time.
If not yet of her world, he knew now that his becoming so would be hereafter purely a matter of time.
Death stalked everywhere, and it was only a matter of time when some one of those many huge seas would fall upon the boat, roll over it, and pass on.
But the arrows of the invaders were taking a much heavier toll than the nooses of the defenders and I fore-saw that it was but a matter of time before Hooja's forces must conquer unless the brute-men changed their tactics, or the cave men tired of the battle.
After that the senior partnership was only a matter of time.
I think the appearance of the two Scotland Yard men was rather a shock--especially to John, though of course after the verdict, he had realized that it was only a matter of time.
In order to economize in the matter of time, we arranged to have the whole school pass in review before the President.
And if the Plutocracy gets you first, why it's only a matter of time when the Proletariat gets the Plutocracy.
It's a matter of time before you start eating termites.
com)-- Singer-songwriter Nathan Angelo delivers his new full-length album, A Matter of Time, on Aug.
SLIGO'S wait for an away victory continued on Saturday as they claimed a point on Shannonside but Rovers boss Gerard Lyttle thinks it's only a matter of time.
A Matter of Time is a nonfiction documentary about keyboardist Kathryn Calder, known both for her solo work and her role in the Canadian indie-rock group the New Pornographers.
Legend Stephen Hendry admits it is only a matter of time before Ronnie O'Sullivan beats his record of career centuries.
WE HAD her other half in this space just last week but it was only a matter of time before Victoria Beckham, right, rocked up in the Royal Box at Wimbledon.