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." – CowperKettle May 18 '19 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 May 18 '19 at 10:44

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

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Like night follows day.

Like the sun rising in the East.

Like death and taxes.

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"[The event] was bound to happen."

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