after\ a\ while


after\ a\ while
informal adv. phr.
Later, at some time in the future; after a time that is not short and not long.

"Dad, will you help me make this model plane?" "After a while, Jimmy, when I finish reading the newspaper."

The boys gathered some wood, and in a while, a hot fire was burning.

Syn.: by and by Contrast: right away

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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