Is there any idiom to describe something that happened recently? I am looking for something exactly synonymous with "recently", I googled it alot, however i didn't find what exactly i was looking for.

Example Sentence:

It happened ____________ [recently].

(please provide a accurate replacement of the word "recently", A word or idiom that could be used as an exact alternative)

  • If you want something "exactly synonymous" with recently, what's wrong with the word recently itself?
    – Lawrence
    Feb 13, 2017 at 10:55
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    And it might help to show us which of your choices hadn't matched what you had wanted so that we can start to nail down one that does. Although the answer below, "the other day," sounds pretty good to me. Feb 13, 2017 at 10:57
  • "not [too/so] long ago".
    – Graffito
    Feb 13, 2017 at 12:49
  • You should have used a thesaurus.
    – Laurel
    Feb 13, 2017 at 17:23

3 Answers 3


You may use "a while ago/back" as a substitute. Although it means “a short or moderate time ago”, I guess it still works because recently itself is subjective.


a while back
Also, a while ago.
Some time in the past, as in I ran into Barbara a while back but didn't get her new address, or John wrote me a while ago about his new baby.
This term uses a while in the sense of “a short or moderate time,” a usage dating from about 1300.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.


"the other day"

other day, the

One day recently, a short time ago, as in I saw her in the museum the other day. This term originally meant either “the next day” or “the preceding day” (tomorrow or yesterday). In its current meaning it was first recorded in 1421.



Lately, not too long ago Lately, not too long ago, as in I saw my friend not too long ago or lately I've been feeling tired and bored or everything.

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