by and by (adv.)
shortly, soon, before long
1H4 I.ii.37[Prince Hal to Falstaff] now in as low an ebb as the foot of the ladder, and by and by in as high a flow as the ridge of the gallows
2H6 I.iii.2[First Petitioner to all] My Lord Protector will come this way by and by, and then we may deliver our supplications in the quill
AYL IV.iii.139.2[Oliver to Rosalind as Ganymede and Celia as Aliena, responding to Rosalind's request for more information] By and by.
H5 II.ii.2[Exeter to Bedford, of the conspirators] They shall be apprehended by and by
JC II.i.305[Brutus to Portia] by and by thy bosom shall partake / The secrets of my heart
JC IV.iii.245[Brutus to Varro and Claudius] It may be I shall raise you by and by / On business to my brother Cassius
Luc.1292[Lucrece to Maid] One of my husband's men / Bid thou be ready by and by to bear / A letter to my lord
MM III.i.157[disguised Duke to Isabella] I would by and by have some speech with you
RJ III.iv.35[Capulet to Paris] it is so very late that we / May call it early by and by
Sonn.75.10[] Sometime all full with feasting on your sight, / And by and by clean starved for a look
TC I.ii.278[Pandarus to Cressida] I'll be with you, niece, by and by
Tit III.i.200[Aaron to Titus] Look by and by to have thy sons with thee
TN III.iv.171[Maria to Sir Toby, of Viola as Cesario] He is now in some commerce with my lady, and will by and by depart
WT IV.iv.504.1[Florizel to Camillo] I'll hear you by and by
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