by the time

by the time

At the time when something happens that is after another event or situation has already passed or occurred. By the time she realized she had cancer, it had already spread. If you don't have this mess cleaned up by the time I get home, you're going to be in serious trouble!
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By the time the occasion came for the enrolling of my name, an idea occurred to me which I thought would make me equal to the situation; and so, when the teacher asked me what my full name was, I calmly told him "Booker Washington," as if I had been called by that name all my life; and by that name I have since been known.
By the time he recovered his seat, Bob was in full career, bolting the way he had come, and making Wolf side-jump to the bushes.
We travelled up to London by the same train; but by the time I had managed to get through with my examination the ship had sailed on her next voyage without him, and, instead of joining her again, I went by request to see my old commander in his home.
Paul's to the Crystal Palace and back by the river and Regent's Park, and by the time he reached his mother's window he had quite made up his mind that his second wish should be to become a bird.
When the clock began to strike, a burly professor entered, was received with a round of applause, moved swiftly down the center aisle, said "Gentlemen," and began to talk as he climbed his pulpit steps; and by the time he had arrived in his box and faced his audience, his lecture was well under way and all the pens were going.
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Contingent upon approval by the Times Company's Board of Directors and according to the nonbinding memorandum, the Times Company and Forest City Ratner plan to begin construction in 2001 and expect to occupy the new building in 2004.
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