it's only, just, etc. a matter/a question of time

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it’s only, just, etc. a matter/a question of ˈtime (before...)

used to say that a thing will definitely happen in the future, although it may not happen immediately: Don’t worry, you’ll get a job if you keep looking. It’s just a matter of time.It’s only a question of time before the fighting spreads to the city.
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