the sooner the better

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the sooner the better

As soon as possible; right away. Please have compile a report of all our financials from the last two quarters, the sooner the better.
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sooner the better

The sooner something [referred to] gets done, the better things will be. Bob: When do you need this? Mary: The sooner the better. Bob: Please get the oil changed in the station wagon. The sooner the better. Alice: I'll do it today.
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sooner the better, the

As quickly or early as possible, as in As for stopping that check, the sooner the better. This idiom was first recorded in 1477.
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the ˌsooner the ˈbetter

very soon; as soon as possible: ‘When shall I tell him?’ ‘The sooner the better.’
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Confidence is at a low ebb but history teaches us that Britain will come through this - hopefully the sooner the better.