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at (one's) convenience

When one has the time to do something. No rush, you can fill out that paperwork at your convenience.
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at (one's) earliest convenience

As soon as one is able to do something. Please fill out that paperwork at your earliest convenience. Dan needs to call me at his earliest convenience.
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marriage of convenience

A legal marriage that happens primarily or solely for practical purposes, rather than love or to establish a family. Any couple suspected of entering into a marriage of convenience to bypass the need for work permits may be investigated by immigration and have their marriage license revoked at any time. Back when homosexuality was illegal, many gay men and women entered into marriages of convenience to protect them from public scrutiny.
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at someone's earliest convenience

as soon as it is possible for someone to do something. (This is also a polite way of saying immediately.) Please stop by my office at your earliest convenience. Bill, please have the oil changed at your earliest convenience.
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at one's convenience

Also, at one's earliest convenience. Whenever one wishes; also, as soon as one can. For example, Pick up the car any time, at your convenience, or We need that drawing very soon, so please finish it at your earliest convenience. The use of convenience in the sense of "ease" or "absence of trouble" dates from about 1700.
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marriage of convenience

a marriage concluded to achieve a practical purpose.
This expression was used by Joseph Addison in the early 18th century, translating the French mariage de convenance , which has itself been current in English since the mid 19th century.
1949 George Bernard Shaw Buoyant Billions The proportion of happy love marriages to happy marriages of convenience has never been counted.
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at somebody’s conˈvenience

(formal) at a time or a place which is suitable for somebody: Can you telephone me at your convenience to arrange a meeting?
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at your earliest conˈvenience

(written) as soon as possible: Please telephone at your earliest convenience.
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References in classic literature ?
But I must not blame them for what was, perhaps, my own fault; for I never made any particular objections to sitting where they pleased; foolishly choosing to risk the consequences, rather than trouble them for my convenience.
In All the Modern Conveniences Maureen Ogle examines the beginnings of "modern plumbing" in the United States.
In conclusion, All the Modern Conveniences serves as a model case study in the link between private and public life in the evolution of industrial society.
Therefore plumbing adoption focused on introduction of devices to improve household convenience, while protecting household independence from both servants and municipal authority.
In most cases the sources from the earlier period do use convenience or improvement to describe devices, but her own sources also use "comfort of life," "beautiful," and "luxury" to describe their perception of plumbing apparatus.
Austin, Texas is the most impatient city in America, according to new research which examined where Americans are least likely to wait for the day-to-day conveniences of modern life.
The study pinpoints exactly where Americans want, expect and are willing to pay for speed and convenience.
The study examined the prevalence of convenience stores, "in and out" gyms (featuring 20- or 30-minute workouts), availability of city government services online, quick copy shops, one-hour cleaners and photo developers, quick-change oil shops, overnight delivery service centers, speed dating services and Wi-Fi hot spots, among others.
The city also ranked second in the number of Wi-Fi hot spots and convenience stores, per capita.
Because convenience stores sell an estimated three-quarters of the gasoline purchased in the United States, conveniences store retailers are concerned by recent wholesale gasoline price increases.
refining capacity, strong demand for gasoline and complex seasonal gasoline blend requirements across the United States also have driven up wholesale gasoline prices, just as they have in previous years, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).
Convenience store retailers dislike higher gasoline prices as much as their customers do, because as prices increase gasoline profit margins and in-store sales decrease while credit card costs, gas theft and customer grumbling increase, according to NACS.
Credit card fees, which cost convenience stores $3.