donkey's-years

donkey's years

noun Informal.
a very long time; eons.

Origin:
1895–1900; probably orig. donkey('s) ears, as rhyming slang for years, with years replacing ears once rhyming orig. was forgotten

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donkey's years
 
n
informal a long time

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  1. n.
    a long time. (From British colloquial.) : I haven't seen you in donkey's years.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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