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in the near future

Cliché in the time immediately ahead. I don't plan to go to Florida in the near future. Today's prices won't be around in the near future.
See also: future, near

one's future looks bright.

Fig. One has a promising future. Tom's future looks bright and he will do well if he keeps working hard.
See also: bright, future, look

in the near future

Very soon, within a short time. For example, We'll be needing a new car in the near future. This term employs near in the sense of "close at hand," a usage dating from about 1300. Also see at hand, def. 2.
See also: future, near
References in classic literature ?
Norah gently checked her before she could say more; gently whispered, "Come with me into the garden -- come, and help Magdalen to look patiently to the future.
Some future Carty may solve the abandoned problem of the single wire, and cut the copper bill in two by restoring the grounded circuit.
Non--non--non," murmured Adrienne, happy and grateful for the moment, but unwilling to defeat her own plans for the future.
We shall here close this brief explanation of the history and character of some of our personages leaving them in future to speak and act for themselves.
But the two lovers were so happy in heart, hope so adorned their future, that they chose to see nothing but what was charming in their hidden nest.
But what we strive to gratify, though we may call it a distant hope, is an immediate desire: the future estate for which men drudge up city alleys exists already in their imagination and love.
I have given to you, my dear Ojo and Unc Nunkie, a nice house just outside the walls of the Emerald City," she said, "and there you shall make your future home and be under my protection.
Always," she said, "you and I seem to be talking of things that are dead and past, or of a future which is out of our reach.
Stories and poems were springing into spontaneous creation in his brain, and he made notes of them against the future time when he would give them expression.
She could hear her father say (as my father had said) that we were parted to meet no more, and could privately think of her happy dreams as the sufficient promise of another future than the future which Dermody contemplated.
I was able to breathe again freely, after the utter destruction of all my plans for the future, and of all the hopes that I had founded on them.
It was so hard to imagine Sara Ray as having any kind of future.
I will write often--I will think of you, my darling, night and day, till a happier future unites us again.
I owe it to you," the letter concluded, "that I am dying with my mind at ease about the future of my darling girl.
At some future time, our observations will be able to determine this point, but till then the experiment of the Gun Club can have no other result than to have provided our solar system with a new star.