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be only a matter of time

To be an inevitability or eventuality; to be or seem sure to happen at some point in the future. With your reckless spending behavior, it's only a matter of time before you go broke.
See also: matter, of, time
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"Yes, sir, it is; and it's only right to talk to him, too, because it's just as she says; she's trying to keep up discipline in the Rangers, and this insubordination of his is a bad example for them - now ain't it so, Marse Tom?"
It's only out of affection, sir, and because they know military honors please her, and please the children too, for her sake; and they don't bring their muskets; and so - "
But now it's only once in a while you'll find a plot--and never when you're looking for it.
"If I'm going in for painting I must do it thoroughly, and it's only in Paris that you can get the real thing."
'It's only a rattle,' Alice said, after a careful examination of the little white thing.
It's only the thought o' my poor children pulls me i' two."
Most of the artists who we have been privileged to work with are of an international standard, and we have been touring the world for awhile so it's only a matter of time before it moved from international underground.
It's only appropriate then that the film Crazy Canucks won the Audience Award for Best Feature.
The point of the book is to show that, on the contrary, it's only when you understand life from an evolutionary point of view that you understand what our freedom really is.
Why It's Here This convoluted movie about a man with short-term memory loss relies heavily on its screenplay and editing to make sense, so it's only fair that it's named in both categories.
So how are we going to reclaim Ojibwe if it's only taught in a classroom?
It's only been curtain walled, so we put some windows in there.
It's only afterward, when I look at the whole movie and start to reflect on it, that I see what I did.
It's only got four-million people in the whole country.
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