for the moment

Also, for the present; for the time being. Temporarily, during the period under consideration, for now. For example, For the moment I am tied up, but I'll get to it next week, or This room arrangement will do for the present, or Jim will act as secretary for the time being. The first term dates from the late 1800s, the first variant from the mid-1500s, and the second variant from the late 1400s.


Nearby words

  1. for the best,
  2. for the birds,
  3. for the hell of it,
  4. for the life of one,
  5. for the love of,
  6. for the most part,
  7. for the present,
  8. for the record,
  9. for the sake of,
  10. for the time being

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