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a question of time

An inevitability or eventuality; something that is or seems sure to happen at some point in the future. With your reckless spending behavior, it's just a question of time before you go broke.
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only a question of time

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just a question of time

COMMON If something is only a question of time or just a question of time, it will certainly happen at some time. It was only a question of time before news of the argument leaked out. There are some small groups fighting in parts of the city, but it is just a question of time until order is restored. Note: People sometimes just say that something is a question of time. It's a question of time before his designs are considered classic.
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They're seen only across, as it were, and beyond--in strange places and on high places, the top of towers, the roof of houses, the outside of windows, the further edge of pools; but there's a deep design, on either side, to shorten the distance and overcome the obstacle; and the success of the tempters is only a question of time.
As his doing the one or the other was a mere question of time, he and Mrs.
But the odds were too unequal, and, though he who fought alone was by far the best and bravest of them all, I saw that it was but a question of time before the remaining five would find an opening through his marvelous guard and bring him down.
It would be but a question of time before the inexperienced creatures perished in the dense forest--that they ever could retrace their steps to the river was most unlikely, and the chances were that one by one they would be dispatched by head hunters while they slept.
I burnt both of the bodies on a pyre of brushwood; but after that I saw that unless I left the island my death was only a question of time.
He felt not the slightest doubt but that it was merely a question of time before Rose would consent to his proposition.
The more we narrow the question of time, the more we also narrow the field of inquiry.
The next question," he said, "is the question of time.
Then you comprehend it would be only a question of time, a sort of race, which should arrive first.
It's only a question of time now," said I, as I turned away from him.
After searching his memory for details of the conversation which had taken place between them, when he and Arnold had met at the lawn-party, Geoffrey recalled a certain reference on the part of his friend to a performance at the Edinburgh theatre, which at once decided the question of time.
It will be a question of time, but it will end with a new contract.
And then, it will only be a question of time about the ways and time needed to make Macedonia a modern, civilized, organized, democratic European country, Toni Naunovski comments for Dnevnik.
It is just a question of time and a question of ambitions and objectives.
And when oil rigs started building at Ardersier near Inverness it was only a question of time before the Scottish Office, as it then was, announced major improvements.