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.
An exclamation of anger, annoyance, amazement, disappointment, etc: Son of a bitch! The thing's busted again!
[the son of a gun variant was said by Admiral Smythe to have been ''originally applied to boys born afloat,'' at a time when women could accompany men to sea, and when children could be born and cradled under a gun or gun carriage, hence have no proper legitimate parentage]