Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Also: Here today and gone tomorrow

Meaning of Idiom Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Here today, gone tomorrow is said of things that do not last very long; fleeting; soon to go away or disappear; soon to be over and forgotten. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.


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Examples Of Use

“New restaurants in my neighborhood are a dime a dozen – here today, gone tomorrow.”

“Her clothing is very popular right now but you know how it is with fashion trends. It’s here today, gone tomorrow.”

“You better enjoy those flowers while they are in bloom. They are here today, gone tomorrow.”

“Even the biggest news stories lose steam quickly. In the news, it’s here today and gone tomorrow.”

Origin

This idiom originally referred to the shortness of the human lifespan. It was first recorded in 1549 in John Calvin’s Life and Conversion of a Christian Man: “This proverb that man is here today and gone tomorrow.” 4Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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1. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
2. Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.
3. Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.
4. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.