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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. Any couple suspected of entering into a marriage of convenience to bypass the need for work permits may be investigated 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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For some consumers, however - especially those on limited budgets in tough economic times - convenience stores are not always their first choice when deciding where to buy.
Reflecting on their purchases within the last month, 64 percent of consumers aged 18 to 24 who shop at c-stores said they bought candy or gum in a convenience store.
Source: Convenience Store News Market Research, 2013
Of those consumers who purchased gum or candy at a convenience store within the last month, 66 percent have children compared to 45 percent who do not.
1 : the quality or state of being available, easy to use, useful, or helpful <Shoppers enjoy the convenience of an elevator.>
2 : personal comfort <I thought only of my own convenience.>
3 : opportunity 1 <Come at your earliest convenience.>
Comfort and convenience merge with guaranteed savings at Doubletree hotels.
For comfort and convenience, as well as added value for guests and corporate travel planners alike, it all comes together at Doubletree hotels.
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.
Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced the signing of a three year distribution agreement with Turkey Hill, a subsidiary of The Kroger Co.
Kroger is an industry leader in our channel and we have enjoyed a longstanding partnership with their organization, as we currently service more than 400 of their convenience locations.
Both Turkey Hill convenience stores and Turkey Hill Dairy are owned by Kroger.