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English definition of “be (only) a matter of time”

be (only) a matter of time

C1 If it is (only) a matter of time until something happens, it is certain to happen but you do not know when it will happen: It's only a matter of time before he's forced to resign.
(Definition of be (only) a matter of time from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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