a matter of time


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a matter of time

sure to happen at some time in the future If she wins next year's congressional race, it seems only a matter of time before she ends up running for the Senate.
Usage notes: usually used with only or just: It's just a matter of time before prices for the newest computer come down.
See also: matter, of, time
References in classic literature ?
If not yet of her world, he knew now that his becoming so would be hereafter purely a matter of time.
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.
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.
You knew it was just a matter of time before he was ushered out like all the rest, his mellifluous voice destined to resurface eventually on the daytime cartoon Ninja Turtles.
I have another quote from the book A Matter of Time - Risk and Opportunity in the Nonschool Hours.