So Italy faces a plague of maneuver, of futile deals, endemic deadlock, and, sooner rather than later, a new round of elections.
“No sooner had he dropped the 11th-hour witness on our doorstep than he whisked him away,” writes Ashton.
This needs to involve the Arab League sooner and Russia later.
The darker Afghanistan appears on TV screens, the sooner the foreign armies will be called home.
No sooner had the first annual Tehelka Think festival launched when the conversation turned to nanotechnology.
I said if that was her idear of a joke, the quicker we parted the sooner.
I know about what you want and you'll have to approach me sooner or later, so let's get done with it.
He had no sooner taken his seat than Collins rose at the bar.
I am not afraid of Mrs Howell; and we shall have to encounter her again, sooner or later.
The sooner we collect the sooner we'll hear what's on your mind.
Old English sona "at once, immediately, directly, forthwith," from West Germanic *sæno (cf. Old Frisian son, Old Saxon sana, Old High German san, Gothic suns "soon"). Sense softened early Middle English to "within a short time" (cf. anon). American English. Sooner for "Oklahoma native" is 1930 (earlier "one who acts prematurely," 1889), from the 1889 opening to whites of what was then part of Indian Territory, when many would-be settlers sneaked onto public land and staked their claims "sooner" than the legal date and time.
: the Sooner football team
A native or resident of Oklahoma (1930+)
[fr the fact that some settlers entered the public land and staked their claims sooner than the legal date and hour in 1889]