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    Opposite of "in the wake of"

    I'm looking for the antonym of "in the wake of" or "on the heels of". I'm trying to say that something is happening immediately prior to something else, but want to use the same structure as these two idioms, both of which means just after the event rather than before. Any ideas?

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    Re: Opposite of "in the wake of"

    In the lead-up to ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Opposite of "in the wake of"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In the lead-up to ...
    Yes, that would communicate the thought, but sounds a bit clumsy compared to "in the wake of".

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    Re: Opposite of "in the wake of"

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    Yes, that would communicate the thought, but sounds a bit clumsy compared to "in the wake of".
    How about "In anticipation of"?

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    Re: Opposite of "in the wake of"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    How about "In anticipation of"?
    Yes, that's better. Let me add something else. If you knew the future event is certain rather than only a possibility, would this be the optimal phrase though? I may use "anticipate" in regards to something like the weather which is uncertain but not so much in regards to a scheduled event. Thanks.

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    Re: Opposite of "in the wake of"

    Quote Originally Posted by cfbradford33 View Post
    Yes, that's better. Let me add something else. If you knew the future event is certain rather than only a possibility, would this be the optimal phrase though? I may use "anticipate" in regards to something like the weather which is uncertain but not so much in regards to a scheduled event. Thanks.
    I think you would indicate the certainty in the following words.

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