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be only a matter of time

To be an inevitability or eventuality; to be or seem sure to happen at some point in the future. With your reckless spending behavior, it's only a matter of time before you go broke.
See also: matter, of, time

be only a matter of time

if you say that it is only a matter of time before something happens, you mean that you are sure it is going to happen, although you do not know when (usually + before ) It is only a matter of time before he is forced to resign. I know she will be a great novelist. It is only a matter of time.
See also: matter, of, time