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[lawng-drawn-out, long-] /ˈlɔŋˈdrɔnˈaʊt, ˈlɒŋ-/
lasting a very long time; protracted:
a long-drawn-out story.
of great length; long:
a long-drawn-out line of soldiers.
Also, drawn-out, long-drawn.
Origin of long-drawn-out
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Never in his life had he suffered the excruciating or long-drawn-out agony that he experienced as ladle man this night.

  • Do not present a long-drawn-out and padded dance that will weary everyone.

  • No forms—it is all faint, dreamy color music, a far-away, long-drawn-out melody on muted strings.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • Then there came a long-drawn-out whisper from Sydney Barnes.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The agony which the shepherd endured, therefore, during these weeks of early autumn was long-drawn-out.

    Tales of the Ridings F. W. Moorman
  • In that long-drawn-out monotony we made the most of trivialities.

    From sketch-book and diary Elizabeth Butler
  • What about the long-drawn-out conversations in books and on the stage that are attributed to historical persons?

    Musical Memories Camille Saint-Sans
  • Instead of that, they are toilsome, long-drawn-out, and indecisive.

  • The first is the long-drawn-out siege or investment of Schweizer-Renecke.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Horace, that prince of diners, objected to the long-drawn-out meal.

    The Art of Entertaining M. E. W. Sherwood
British Dictionary definitions for long-drawn-out


over-prolonged or extended
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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