Idiom:  a matter of time


Idiom:  a matter of time

  • something will eventually happen or become true

Note: this idiom is often preceded by "only" or "just"

Example sentences

— Your paintings are incredible. It’s only a matter of time before you become famous.

— If you continue to drive like this, it’s only a matter of time until you get into a serious accident.

— Keep applying.  It's only a matter of time before a job offer comes through.

— I hope it's only just a matter of time until we have a woman US president.

— We all knew it was a matter of time before our boss was fired because she was always absent.

— We thought it would only be a matter of time before we got pregnant but after a year of trying we realized we needed to see a fertility specialist.

— Climate change is real. It's only a matter of time before we see very serious consequences.

— Using serious drugs is a real gamble.  It's just a matter of time before you become addicted.

— My girlfriend is so beautiful I know it’s only a matter of time before she breaks up with me.

— It's devastating but it was just a matter of time before my husband passed from terminal cancer.

— They didn't get along. It was only a matter of time before they broke up.


  • be meant to be
  • the inevitable
  • in store (for someone)
  • in the cards
  • the writing is on the wall

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