a matter of time

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a matter of time

An inevitability or eventuality; something that is or seems sure to happen at some point in the future. With your reckless spending behavior, it's just a matter of time before you go broke.
See also: matter, of, time
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When he at last became a free man again, he said he believed he would hunt up a brisker seat of learning; the Heidelberg lectures might be good, but the opportunities of attending them were too rare, the educational process too slow; he said he had come to Europe with the idea that the acquirement of an education was only a matter of time, but if he had averaged the Heidelberg system correctly, it was rather a matter of eternity.
He FELT that he would never overcome his passion, but he KNEW that after all it was only a matter of time.
If not yet of her world, he knew now that his becoming so would be hereafter purely a matter of time. He looked up through the green leaves at the blue sky, bedappled with white, fleecy clouds, and wondered whether she guessed that his appearance here, his ownership of Iris, the studious care with which he had placed himself in the hands of a Seville Row tailor were all for her sake.
Death stalked everywhere, and it was only a matter of time when some one of those many huge seas would fall upon the boat, roll over it, and pass on.
But the arrows of the invaders were taking a much heavier toll than the nooses of the defenders and I fore-saw that it was but a matter of time before Hooja's forces must conquer unless the brute-men changed their tactics, or the cave men tired of the battle.
After that the senior partnership was only a matter of time. Very often--so ran the myth--the boy, by reason of his steadiness and application, married his employ's daughter.
I think the appearance of the two Scotland Yard men was rather a shock--especially to John, though of course after the verdict, he had realized that it was only a matter of time. Still, the presence of the detectives brought the truth home to him more than anything else could have done.
In order to economize in the matter of time, we arranged to have the whole school pass in review before the President.
And if the Plutocracy gets you first, why it's only a matter of time when the Proletariat gets the Plutocracy.
EXPERTS say it could be only a matter of time before new kinds of bird flu emerge that are "well-adapted to human beings".
David Large thinks it is only a matter of time before someone is injured because of broken and raised paving slabs and bad lighting in Armstrong Avenue, Stoke.
But officials of the Partnership, which stretches from Park Avenue to 10th Avenue, say it's only a matter of time before more "white tablecloth" restaurateurs discover the area's potential.
A paramedic has warned it is only a matter of time before someone dies if maternity is moved.
It will only be a matter of time before Welsh police officers are routinely armed, senior officers have predicted.
Now that Kim Bailey has got him back on the track, it looks only a matter of time before he wins for the third time in a disrupted career.