by the time

by the time

At the time when something happens that is after another event or situation has already passed or occurred. By the time she realized she had cancer, it had already spread. If you don't have this mess cleaned up by the time I get home, you're going to be in serious trouble!
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References in classic literature ?
By the time the occasion came for the enrolling of my name, an idea occurred to me which I thought would make me equal to the situation; and so, when the teacher asked me what my full name was, I calmly told him "Booker Washington," as if I had been called by that name all my life; and by that name I have since been known.
Among the neglected waters probed by the Times is the federal agency beat covered by Ruth Larson.
Only afterwards did the other papers marvel at the accuracy of John Zogby, the pollster heavily cited by the Times and ignored by everyone else.
The federal bureaucracy, a beat often given short shrift at the Post, has been taken seriously by the Times.