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a question of time

Meaning: You can say "it's only a question of time" before saying what you think will happen in the future.

For example:

  • It's only a question of time until we run out of oil, so we're going to need other forms of energy to power our cars.

  • If you keep on spending money like this, it'll just be a question of time before you have a serious debt problem.

Note: This idiom is almost always used with the word "only" or with the word "just", as in "It's only a question of time before ... " or "It's just a question of time."

Quick Quiz:

If Taylor doesn't start eating healthy food, it's only a question of time before he
  1. starts losing weight
  2. has serious health problems
  3. begins to get healthier

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