at length

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at length

  1. In full, extensively. For example, The preacher went on at length about sin, or I have read at length about these cameras. [c. 1500]

  2. After a long time, finally, as in At length the procession ended. [Early 1500s] Also see in the long run.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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