likely to happen

See: imminent
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As for exchanging the children of the artificers and husbandmen with those of the military, and theirs reciprocally with these, it will occasion great confusion in whatever manner it shall be done; for of necessity, those who carry the children must know from whom they took and to whom they gave them; and by this means those evils which I have already mentioned will necessarily be the more likely to happen, as blows, incestuous love, murders, and the like; for those who are given from their own parents to other citizens, the military, for instance, will not call them brothers, sons, fathers, or mothers.
I an't the least astonished at it in the world, for I have often thought of late, there was nothing more likely to happen.
No, I don't know as I ever did," said Marilla mercilessly, "and I shouldn't think it likely to happen in your case either.
all for the sake of the very last thing in the world that is likely to happen.
He occupied himself, now that the event seemed likely to happen at any time, with elaborate plans for the future.
The opinions, after the Prince had left the table, were a little divided as to what was likely to happen.
You are thinking of your sons-- but do not you know that, of all things upon earth, that is the least likely to happen, brought up as they would be, always together like brothers and sisters?
I hope you will not wait until that is likely to happen," she said.
Nothing's likely to happen before next Friday week,--if then.
Such a woman as Lisbeth, for example--at once patient and complaining, self-renouncing and exacting, brooding the livelong day over what happened yesterday and what is likely to happen to-morrow, and crying very readily both at the good and the evil.
Dodson and Fogg's hung (wich last ewent I think is the most likely to happen first, Sammy), and then let him come back and write a book about the
His acquaintances were not the sort of people likely to happen casually into a restaurant of that kind and moreover he took the precaution to seat himself at a small table so as to face the wall.