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by-and-by

[bahy-uh n-bahy]
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noun
  1. the future: to meet in the sweet by-and-by.
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Origin of by-and-by

1300–50; Middle English bi and bi one by one, at once. See by1
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Historical Examples

  • And by-and-by there were some who spoke of her as "Mattie Colson."

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking

    Isabella Alden

  • It may be that by-and-by you will not have tears enough to weep.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • The result of their debate, I suppose, will somehow or other be communicated to me by-and-by.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • By-and-by the noise of the key in the lock arrested them both.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • He will join you by-and-by after he has taken me to the Grotto.