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in the meantime

In the time before something else finishes or is supposed to happen. We need to wait for the movie to download. Let's get the popcorn ready in the meantime. We're working to make this right, but in the meantime, please accept this voucher for a free meal as an apology.
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in the meantime

the period of time between two things; the period of time between now and when something is supposed to happen. The movie starts at 6:00. In the meantime, let's eat dinner. My flight was at 8:00. In the meantime, I played solitaire.
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in the ˈmeantime/ˈmeanwhile

in the time between two things happening: In five minutes, there’s the news. In the meantime, here’s some music.The bus doesn’t leave until six o’clock. In the meantime we can go and have a coffee.I hope to go to medical school eventually. In the meanwhile, I’m going to study chemistry.
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In the meantime, the terrorists fired several rockets at Mahrada power plant in Western Hama, damaging part of it.
She took stance in his report that suspected constable entered in the cabin and asked her to take selfies and in he meantime he closed the cabin door and sexually harassed her.
In the meantime, we will ensure that the transition will go smoothly and that the DFA continues to carry out its work effectively,' the spokesperson assured the public.
Asahi's offer includes the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime brands, as well as SABMiller's Italian, Dutch and British operations which make and distribute the brands.
20 April 2016 - UK-based brewer SABMiller (LON: SAB) has been informed by Belgian brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev (Euronext: ABI) (NYSE: BUD) that has accepted the binding offer from from Japan's Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd to acquire SABMiller's Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime brands and their associated businesses in Italy, the Netherlands and the UK for EUR 2.
Carlos Brito, chief executive of AB InBev, said: "We are pleased to have received this binding offer from Asahi on the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime brands and businesses.
Meantime, efforts from Charlie Sinner, Alfie McGuire, Conran Moran and Tom Ellis led Derby Juniors to a 4-1 triumph over Leighbridge.
In the meantime, infuriated rioters ran amok in different areas and resorted to aerial firing.
John Oliver will be hosting "The Daily Show" in the meantime this summer.
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Meantime, the Chinese have done nothing but collect medals.
However, in the meantime good quality new retailers and restaurants are aware of these plans and will be not be considering moving to our current empty premises as they would prefer to be located in brand new developments.
In the meantime, firefighters located specific positions on the floors where the fire was raging, especially near the ship's engines and fuel tank, to prevent the blaze from spreading.
In the meantime, other two air ambulance positioned in Arafat responded to two critical cases in Wasqah,.