time will tell

Sooner or later something will become known or be revealed, as in I don't know whether or not they'll like the reconstruction; only time will tell. This proverbial phrase dates from the early 1500s.


Nearby words

  1. time travel,
  2. time trial,
  3. time value,
  4. time warp,
  5. time was,
  6. time zone,
  7. time's wingéd chariot,
  8. time-binding,
  9. time-consuming,
  10. time-division multiplex

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