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donkey's years

noun, Informal.
a very long time; eons.
1895-1900; probably orig. donkey('s) ears, as rhyming slang for years, with years replacing ears once rhyming orig. was forgotten Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for donkeys-years

donkey's years

(informal) a long time
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donkey's years

noun phrase

A very long time •Chiefly British use: I got interested in his apprenticeship donkey's years ago

[1917+; a punning allusion to the long ears of a donkey]

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donkey's years

A long time, as in I haven't seen her in donkey's years. This expression punningly alludes to the considerable length of the animal's ears. [ Early 1900s ]
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