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Origin of by-and-by
Words nearby by-and-by
Example sentences from the Web for by-and-by
It would be all the easier to pave the way towards a friendship between Philip and him, by-and-by.
By-and-by the novel had written itself in full, and another was unfolding.A History of French Literature|Edward Dowden
By-and-by this gives place to more open scenery as we approach the Gravel Mine, which is believed to be of Roman origin.Nooks and Corners of Shropshire|H. Thornhill Timmins
By-and-by the ape came to visit the crab, and seeing the fine tree laden with the yellow-brown fruit, begged a few.Japanese Fairy World|William Elliot Griffis
By-and-by the head of the column began to spread out and search right and left for the lost track.Field and Hedgerow|Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for by-and-by
Idioms and Phrases with by-and-by
After a while, soon, as in She'll be along by and by. The expression probably relies on the meaning of by as a succession of quantities (as in “two by two”). This adverbial phrase came to be used as a noun, denoting either procrastination or the future. William Camden so used it for the former (Remains, 1605): “Two anons and a by and by is an hour and a half.” And W.S. Gilbert used it in the latter sense when Lady Jane sings plaintively that little will be left of her “in the coming by and by,” that is, as she grows old (Patience, 1881). [Early 1500s]