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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With the predicted fallout from its publication, its not impossible that Ms Mowlam could find herself back in Ulster, getting involved in integrated education - one of her ambitions - sooner rather than later.
Despite Morgan's staunch support for his coach the axe had to fall sooner rather than later. The favourite to replace him is current Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody.
A source close to the couple revealed: ``They are in love and want to get married sooner rather than later. They will slip off and do something quite discreet.''
PLAYERS' UNION chief Gordon Taylor has urged the Football Association to make a decision "sooner rather than later" whether Rio Ferdinand will be charged with misconduct after missing a drugs test.
SO Lord Browne, chief executive of energy giant BP, is to step down sooner rather than later.
His squad took longer to win its first European Cup than the present one and we will win the league sooner rather than later. This team has the potential to go down in LFC history along with the best of them.
He said: "City opinion is that Leeds could be in administration sooner rather than later.
A LITTLE biride tells me that Alan Curbishley is primed and waiting to step into the Aston Villa hot-seat when David O'Leary leaves (surely sooner rather than later) So instead of backing O'Leary at evens with Hills to be first Premiership manager to go, get on Curbs at 7-2 with bet365 to be Villa boss on the first day of the season.
"We are still some way apart but there is room for conciliation and we do want the matter resolved sooner rather than later
He said: "We've been threatening to produce a really big performance and it will happen sooner rather than later."
EXPECT to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet in the Christina Aguilera household sooner rather than later.
'It was an outrageous decision and it gives us more reason to wonder what we are doing with Amir in the amateurs' They are pushing us further and further away and the way things are going it (turning professional) will be sooner rather than later.'
He add: "I'll be back in the Scots Parliament I hope sooner rather than later. But for this term I think it is useful for me to be here."
MEATH star Graham Geraghty has urged Darren Fay and Trevor Giles to return - sooner rather than later.
After what's gone before he needs years to get the revival right -- but hopefully it will start sooner rather than later.