sooner rather than later


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sooner rather than later

As soon or quickly as possible; closer to now than a later time or date. I'd rather we have the meeting sooner rather than later so we can finalize the project details. Can we fill out that application tonight? I'd like to get it done sooner rather than later.
See also: later, rather, sooner

ˌsooner rather than ˈlater

after a short time rather than after a long time: We urged them to sort out the problem sooner rather than later.
See also: later, rather, sooner
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Even if the class action does not result in refunds for all affected taxpayers in America, the class action will be a significant success if it does nothing other than to help force the IRS to rethink its position and sooner rather than later cease the erroneous application of the tax on a going-forward basis.
Once people understand this, and learn of the negative consequences of private accounts created out of Social Security--they overwhelmingly support making less severe changes in the program, and sooner rather than later.
Asked what he hoped to achieve, he said, 'On a national level, if we can achieve power at some point in the near future, which I hope will be sooner rather than later, then to bring back a sense of pride in being British, in controlling immigration, in making sure that taxes are fairer and government waste reduced'.
Shels included most of their off-season signings in Tuesday's 1-1 draw and Cahill hopes they gel sooner rather than later.
I am not sure he has been proven wrong; thus, a change in our industry's thinking appears to me to be an absolute necessity and sooner rather than later.
Finding lower-mass planets bodes well for finding Earthlike planets sooner rather than later, he adds.
The TRA '86 legislative history, however, seems to suggest that subjecting excess distributions to the deferred tax amount when an entity becomes a PFIC sooner rather than later may not have been Congress' unambiguous intent.
It's inevitable anyway, and our job is to help make it happen sooner rather than later.
This ability to cast titanium may, sooner rather than later, be applied to automotive components.
He advises financial executives to be "careful, responsible, and, to the extent that you face a mold problem, deal with it sooner rather than later.
This is bound to happen sooner rather than later, as these things are measured in Internet time.
Some believed it predicted the date of the world's end, and that it would be sooner rather than later.
Pretty soon they would be wanting, and even needing, those managed care contracts, and they would have to restructure their business and clinical operations accordingly - probably sooner rather than later.
But even at the national level, those in the research community remain hopeful that Heller's work will reap successes sooner rather than later.
If you are unfortunate enough to have to dial 999, you are usually hoping that someone will come to your aid sooner rather than later.