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.
Nothing can be more likely to happen than death to men who go into battle.
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.
It is a thing quite likely to happen to married couples, I am told, although I have had no experience that way myself.
The opinions, after the Prince had left the table, were a little divided as to what was likely to happen.
Depend upon it, that was the case: and very likely to happen with the Donwell servants, who are all, I have often observed, extremely awkward and remiss.
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.
Well, then," said Wakem, rather brutally, trying to recover his previous position, "if she doesn't care for you, you might have spared yourself the trouble of talking to me about her, and you might have spared me the trouble of refusing my consent to what was never likely to happen.