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after (a) while, crocodile

An playful way to say goodbye before a temporary parting, often preceded by "See you later, alligator." A: "See you later, alligator." B: "After a while, crocodile."
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in a while

Following a certain period of time, usually one that is relatively short. It's a little bit strange driving on the opposite side of the road in Ireland, but you'll get used to it in a while.
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in a while

Also, after a while. After a period of time, usually a moderately short time. For example, Go ahead, I'll be along in a while, or After a while we turned off the television and went for a walk. [c. 1300]
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Ironically, best here is an acoustic version of (you guessed it) It's Been Awhile.
Things were quiet for awhile but now all of a sudden we have a number of very large tenants looking at our space and we could be close to a deal," said Murray Hill broker, Audrey Novoa, referring to the building she reps, 135 West 50th Street.
Billy Bob stays at Stone's house for awhile floating a wad of cash including two dollar bills.
Yes, if there is a "cult food," durian is it; I eat them once in awhile, only as a treat.
Mom and Dad show dismay/They've had a long day/They haven't any smiles/I'll make them stay awhile.
After awhile, that volume would get full, so you would buy the next one.
Then he decided to tour the Far East for awhile and he spent time in Japan and China and India where he worked in a train station in Bombay taking tickets.
I have mused for awhile over the oxymoronic term: "same-sex marriage".
But, every once in awhile along comes a system like the U.
The damage looked as if it had existed awhile, because tissue around the bubbles had turned fibrous, says Patterson.
Once and awhile, Canadians everywhere should quietly and firmly thank the political heavens that Saskatchewan is part of Canada.
Business-to-business barter companies (basically middlemen)have been around awhile and are often a good way for small companies to grow their businesses, open products up to a wider market, or clear out a surplus.
Reagan indicated that the sheriff's office will lay off the Deja Vu club for awhile and "go on about other things.
If the ambitious program moves at the pace of the Fray Bentos repairs, however, Uruguayans may have to wait awhile to enjoy newly paved roads.