by and by

by and by (not comparable)

  1. After a short time.
    • O, how this spring of love resembleth / The uncertain glory of an April day / Which now shows all the beauty of the sun, / And by and by a cloud takes all away!
      Two anons and a by and by is an hour and a half.
    • a. 1822, Percy Bysshe Shelley "On the Symposium, or Preface to the Banquet of Plato"
      "You are laughing at me, Socrates," said Agathon, "but you and I will decide this controversy about wisdom by and by, taking Bacchus for our judge. At present turn to your supper."
  2. After an indefinite period.
    Sit down, have a rest, and by and by you'll be feeling better.
    • She said herself / She would forgive him, by and by, not now — / For her own sake then, if not for mine — not now —- But by and by.
  3. (obsolete) Immediately; at once.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Matthew 13:21 ↗:
      When […] persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
Synonyms Translations
  • Russian: со временем

by and by

  1. Heaven; the hereafter. Usually preceded with "the sweet."
    I'm sorry ma'am, but your cat's gone on to the sweet by and by.
Synonyms Translations
  • Russian: мир ино́й

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