Is there an idiom that means "it was something inevitable"? I am not sure if it's the case, but there's this idiom, it was something like "this was ought to happen", but it was an actual idiom instead of just a phrase and I don't remember what it was exactly, I had it on the tip of the tongue, but I have it no more.

  • "No one else had expected the factory to close, but we saw it coming." Commented May 18, 2019 at 10:17
  • Does it have something with destiny or fate or is it threatening (impending)? In what context you imagine to use the word?
    – Jan
    Commented May 18, 2019 at 10:44

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Imminent means likely to occur at any moment; impending (Dictionary.com).

The birth of her child was imminent.

On the verge If you are on the verge of something or come to the verge of something, you are very close to experiencing it (Cambridge Dictionary).

on the verge of success


The die is cast. The action was set in motion.

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    On this site you need to provide links and explanations for your answer.
    – fev
    Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 12:17

Like night follows day.

Like the sun rising in the East.

Like death and taxes.


"[The event] was bound to happen."

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