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forever

[fawr-ev-er, fer-] /fɔrˈɛv ər, fər-/
adverb
1.
without ever ending; eternally:
to last forever.
2.
continually; incessantly; always:
He's forever complaining.
noun
3.
an endless or seemingly endless period of time:
It took them forever to make up their minds.
Idioms
4.
forever and a day, eternally; always:
They pledged to love each other forever and a day.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; orig. phrase for ever
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British Dictionary definitions for forever and a day

forever

/fɔːˈrɛvə; fə-/
adverb
1.
Also for ever. without end; everlastingly; eternally
2.
at all times; incessantly
3.
(informal) for a very long time: he went on speaking forever
noun
4.
(as object) (informal) a very long time: it took him forever to reply
5.
…forever!, an exclamation expressing support or loyalty: Scotland forever!
Usage note
Forever and for ever can both be used to say that something is without end. For all other meanings, forever is the preferred form
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Word Origin and History for forever and a day

forever

adv.

late 14c., for ever; from for + ever. One word from late 17c.

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Idioms and Phrases with forever and a day

forever and a day

.
For a very long time, as in He's been working on that book forever and a day. This hyperbolic expression probably originated as a corruption of the now obsolete for ever and ay. Shakespeare used it in The Taming of the Shrew (4:4): “Farewell for ever and a day.” Today it is mainly a substitute for “very long time.” [ c. 1600 ]
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Incessantly, ceaselessly, as in Will this racket never end? It's been going on forever and a day. [ ; first half of 1900s ]
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