in the meanwhile


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in the meanwhile

In the time before something else finishes or is supposed to happen. We need to wait for the movie to download. Let's get the popcorn ready in the meanwhile.
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I built the chimney after my hoeing in the fall, before a fire became necessary for warmth, doing my cooking in the meanwhile out of doors on the ground, early in the morning: which mode I still think is in some respects more convenient and agreeable than the usual one.
Which would have advanced the most at the end of a month -- the boy who had made his own jackknife from the ore which he had dug and smelted, reading as much as would be necessary for this -- or the boy who had attended the lectures on metallurgy at the Institute in the meanwhile, and had received a Rodgers' penknife from his father?
You will in the meanwhile have earned your fare, and arrive there some time tomorrow, or possibly this evening, if you are lucky enough to get a job in season.
An officer went off to fetch Boxtel, and Van Systens in the meanwhile continued his examination.
In the meanwhile, and in that expectation, I pitied and forgave him with my whole heart.
In the meanwhile I shall, of course, be delighted to give all information in my power to anybody interested in such things.
In the meanwhile, he ventured to recommend a new course of proceeding which Sharon's report had suggested to his mind.