long-drawn-out

[lawng-drawn-out, long-]
adjective
1.
lasting a very long time; protracted: a long-drawn-out story.
2.
of great length; long: a long-drawn-out line of soldiers.
Also, drawn-out, long-drawn.


Origin:
1900–05

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long-drawn-out
 
adj
over-prolonged or extended

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Example sentences
It is possible so to enfold a truth in long-drawn-out sentences as practically to conceal it.
For the survivors, the prospect is still one of long-drawn-out uncertainty-about both the depth of the downturn and its duration.
But its long-drawn-out war has still had two highly damaging consequences.
Research has also shown that kids do better with a short goodbye than with a long-drawn-out one.
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