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cross that bridge later

To deal with a problem, issue, or situation at another point in time. It is recommended especially when the issue is not problematic at the moment. A: "Users might not like having their personal data given to advertisers." B: "We'll cross that bridge later, let's just get the website up and running for now."
See also: bridge, cross, later

Catch me later,

 and Catch me some other time.
Please try to talk to me later. Bill (angry): Tom, look at this phone bill! Tom: Catch me later. "Catch me some other time," hollered Mr. Franklin over his shoulder. "I've got to go to the airport."
See also: catch, later

Could we continue this later?

 and Can we continue this later?
Could we go on with this conversation at a later time? As Mary and John were discussing something private, Bob entered the room. "Could we continue this later?" whispered John. "Yes, of course," answered Mary.
See also: continue, could, this, we

(Good-bye) until then.

 and (Good-bye) till then.; (Good-bye) till later.; (Good-bye) until later.
Good-bye until sometime in the future. Sally: See you tomorrow. Good-bye until then. Sue: Sure thing. See you. Mary: See you later. Bob: Until later. The announcer always ended by saying, "Be with us again next week at this time. Good-bye until then."
See also: until

I'll call back later.

a standard phrase indicating that a telephone caller will call again at a later time. Sally: Is Bill there? Mary (speaking into the telephone): Sorry, he's not here right now. Sally: I'll call back later. John (speaking into the telephone): Hello. Is Fred there? Jane: No. Can I take a message? John: No, thanks. I'll call back later.
See also: back, call, later

(I'll) catch you later.

Inf. I will talk to you later. Mary: Got to fly. See you around. Sally: Bye. Catch you later. John: I have to go to class now. Bill: Okay, catch you later.
See also: catch, later

I'll see you later.

 and (See you) later.
Good-bye until I see you again. John: Good-bye, Sally. I'll see you later. Sally: Until later, then. Bob: Time to go. Later. Mary: Later.
See also: later, see

(I'll) try to catch you some other time,

 and (I'll) try to catch you later.; I'll try to see you later.
Fig. We do not have time to talk now, so I'll try to talk to you or meet with you later. (An expression said when it is inconvenient for one or both parties to meet or converse.) Bill: I need to get your signature on this contract. Sue:I really don't have a second to spare right now. Bill: Okay, I'll try to catch you some other time. Sue: Later this afternoon would be fine. Bill: I'm sorry for the interruptions, Tom. Things are very busy right now. Tom: I'll try to see you later.
See also: catch, other, time, try

Perhaps a little later.

Not now, but possibly later. Waiter: Would you like your coffee now? Bob: Perhaps a little later. Waiter: All right. Sally: Hey, Bill, how about a swim? Bob: Sounds good, but not now. Perhaps a little later. Sally: Okay. See you later.
See also: later, little

See you later, alligator,

 and Later, alligator.
Inf. Good-bye. (Sometimes the reply is After while(, crocodile.)) Bob: See you later, alligator. Jane: After while, crocodile. Bob: Bye, Tom. Tom: See you later, alligator. Bob: Later.
See also: alligator, see

Shoot first, ask questions later.

Prov. Assume that everyone you encounter is hostile to you.; Take action, even though you do not know enough to be sure if it is the right action. If the foreman saw that one of the workers was working slowly, he didn't stop to find out if the worker was sick or unhappy; he just fired him. He believed in shooting first and asking questions later.
See also: ask, later, question, shoot

sooner or later

eventually; in the short term or in the long term. He'll have to pay the bill sooner or later. she'll get what she deserves sooner or later.
See also: later, sooner

catch you later

(spoken)
goodbye I just called to say hi and hopefully we'll talk tomorrow - catch you later.
Usage notes: used at the end of a conversation or message
See also: catch, later

sooner or later

at some time in the future Don't worry, sooner or later the cat will come home.
See also: later, sooner

later on

Subsequently, afterward, as in They served the main course, and later on, the dessert, or When can I use the sewing machine?-Later on, when I'm done. [Late 1800s]
See also: later, on

sooner or later

Eventually, at some unspecified future time, as in Sooner or later we'll have to answer that letter, or It's bound to stop raining sooner or later. This term, which generally implies that some future event is certain to happen, was first recorded in 1577.
See also: later, sooner

Catch you later

sent. I will talk to you again when I next see you. Sorry, gotta rush. Catch you later.
See also: catch, later

Later

and Late and Laters
interj. Good-bye. It’s time to cruise. Later. CU. Laters.

Laters

verb
See Later
See also: Later

Later, gator

and L8R G8R
phr. & comp. abb. See you later, alligator. C U L8R G8R.
See also: gator

Laters

phr. Good-bye.; See you later. See you, Fred. Laters, Henry.
See also: Later

See you later

and CUL8R
sent. & comp. abb. I will see you later. (see also L8TR. Common colloquial. Also said to people one knows one will never see again.) Have a great trip, Mary. See you later. Bye. CUL8R.
See also: later, see

See you later, alligator

interj. Good-bye. (From the 1930s. Answered with After while, crocodile.) TOM: Bye. BILL: See you later, alligator. BILL: See you later, alligator. TOM: After while, crocodile.
See also: alligator, see

catch you later

Informal Used to express good-bye.
See also: catch, later

sooner or later

At some time; eventually: Sooner or later you will have to face the facts.
See also: later, sooner

See you later, alligator

Bye! The title of a 1950s rock-'n'-roll smash hit by Bill Haley and His Comets, the phrase was already in use, especially in the South. For a decade or more, hep/hip/with-it cats and chicks ended conversations with the phrase. The standard reply was the song's next line: “after a while, crocodile.”
See also: alligator, see
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