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after (a) while, crocodile

A 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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for a while

For some vague or indeterminate length of time. I could make some good money on that job, and then we wouldn't have to worry about money for a while. I know it's not my dream job, but this place has some good benefits so I'm going to stay here for a while. I've had this haircut for a while now, so I think it's time to change it up.
See also: for, while

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.
See also: 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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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If not enough people signed up, or if they lost interest after awhile, the program would end.
"What is happening in the market is not to say value isn't being created, it's saying it was mispriced for awhile."
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After awhile we found a niche--we really loved doing what we were doing and we didn't want to go back to a regular job."
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To walk by waters, calm and still O'er peaceful land, to yonder hill, To site and gaze, and rest awhile Then stroll some more with time to smile For what is life, but passing dreams That pass us by like brookland streams, A simple life has much to give No wealth, no power, just time to live.
I worked at the same hospital for awhile, but I worked mostly with severely mentally ill people and on the ER unit.
"So this will have people scratching their heads for awhile."
The sensors assess the meal and signal the brain to slow consumption, end the meal, or wait awhile before starting the next one, they suggest.
A lot of the material on that release has been around for awhile. Besides the different tones, tempos, and voice, the creative process is very similar to Leviathan.
It may be awhile before we see the final fallout from the Asian crisis.
Is AIDS a new plague descended on humankind, or, like Legionnaire's disease, has the syndrome actually been around awhile, unrecognized?