adjective (longer /ˈlôNGɡər, ˈläNG-/, longest /lôNGɡist, ˈläNG-/)
- She is described as white, about 25, of medium build, with long straight brown hair.
- After a couple of lefts and a right she found herself in a long, straight corridor.
- She has long straight blonde hair, which she usually wears in a ponytail.
- How long is your garden?
- It came in a box about three feet long and two feet wide.
- The structure, constructed entirely of reinforced concrete, is 200 metres long.
- Anyone who misses the bus for the return journey must make the long walk home.
- Often his journeys involve long treks through remote regions, giving him time to look and think.
- The pilgrims had an extra long journey due to the extra security at the Airport.
- In Kenya, for instance, native women prefer to see female tourists in long skirts and sleeves.
- Her scathing glance slid over me, taking in the baggy shirt and long skirt.
- Though it was a good 75 degrees out he was wearing pants and a long sleeve shirt.
- Then they transfer the dye colours to it and roll out the substance into a long and thin shape.
- It was a room of narrow but long shape, with two glassless windows with wooden shutters.
- The walls were covered in sponges and a few anemones but the beauty of the cave lay in its long, narrow shape.
- One long Aberdeen ball upfield 30 seconds later and Riordan was to be harshly punished.
- Henry is at his best when receiving long breakaway ball which allows him to run at defenders.
- The hilly golf terrain favored his long ball.
- He was a long lean man with grey eyes.
- A long woman standing nearby was staring at us.
- Colleagues today paid tribute to their engine driver, who had made many friends during his long career.
- The author had a long career in journalism and his final post was that of executive editor of the European.
- Health problems need to be attended to and resolved or they can linger for a long time.
- The question was asked how long would it take to recoup the cost of parking meters when few people were using some of the places.
- My only question now is how long will I have to wait before house prices return to sensible levels again?
- The only question in her mind, was how long would it take for everything to work out?
- He candidly admits in the book he spent months on the couch and long hours with a marriage counsellor.
- Trapped in the house together during the long curfew hours, Marie spent her days making marmalade.
- She doesn't have a job and isn't allowed to go out, so she fills the long hours every day by teaching her kids how to swear.
- I'm a historian with a long memory and a sentimental attachment to my past.
- Although he affects a gentle demeanour, O'Leary has a long memory and his opinions can be acidic.
- The Parisian spectators have long memories and they do not like a bad loser.
- Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients: it is really easy to make.
- Despite a long list of honorary titles she has remained far from grand.
- I made a long list of promises to God of how good I'd be in future if only we could get this sorted out.
- How long is the book?
- The script, he says, is approximately 800-1000 pages long, the equivalent to eight to ten hours of dialogue.
- I've got a list of things about five sheets long to work on.
- The big problem with long vowels is that there is more than one way to spell the same sound.
- French long vowels always occur on stressed syllables.
- In French, Italian, and Scottish English long vowels occur in a narrow range of positions and in general do not affect meaning.
- Vocal delivery feels like a poetry reading, spoken as much as sung, but with long drawn syllables.
- A trochee is a metrical foot of two syllables, the first long and the second short.
- Let's assume that long syllables take just twice as long to say as short ones.
- Today is merely the start of a difficult but worthy process undertaken against long odds.
- Despite the long odds, she's hoping someone in the unemployment lines will take up the challenge.
- There was an element of ill luck, but every so often, as gamblers would tell us, long odds do come off.
- After all, back in the seventies, the long bond yield was up in the mid teens.
- For this reason, their value is often calculated by making reference to the long bond yield.
- Provided that restricted shares can be bought at a deep discount to market, it would make much sense for the group holding long shares to try and convert those shares into a far greater number of restricted shares.
- This is so because the central bank is on the long side of the bond market most of the time.
- When markets turn vulnerable, the enterprising speculator may this time decide to reverse his long position and go short.
- Traders are well advised to enter into a long position and place a protective stop below the latest low in the market.
- Long securities are such a good substitute for cash.
- Issuers who are unwilling to pay the price to sell these long securities can instead sell shorter maturities.
- They are long on opinions, but short on evidence.
- He is long on promises, but short on accomplishments.
- Both movies are extremely long on mystery and innuendo.
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- He insisted that he had problems adapting to society after spending so long behind bars.
- A family business cannot survive for long without a family to run as well as own it.
- Then discuss it, but not for long, because this is a technique actors use to delay standing up and doing it.
- He blew two longs, a short and a long on the steam whistle as the train inched toward its top speed of 20 miles an hour.
- SOS is three longs, followed by three shorts, and another three longs.
- If the dollar rises, gold will face pressure and may need to shake out more of the weaker longs before resuming its rise.
- At this level we will accumulate dollar longs and warn buyers of gold stocks to watch out for a renewed decline if the dollar's seasonal pattern holds true.
- In a weekly uptrend, continue adding to longs whenever the force index turns negative; continually add to shorts in downtrends whenever the force index turns positive.
- The risk of the longs is that the price will fall.
- What this tells us is that the funds had begun to not only eliminate longs but were in the process of actually building a short position since the technical indicators had all flipped negative.
- Looking at the pattern of returns emerging from the whole portfolio - mixing up longs and shorts and any currency overlays - does not give enough information.
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- I will think long and hard before I give my number out again.
- On Booker shortlists, the preponderance of some subjects over others has long been a source of comment.
- They had long been sought by police in connection with a series of violent motorcycle thefts.
- Questions ranged from how long the baby had been on mother's milk to how often the baby fell sick.
- A key question is how long it will take for new policies to take effect.
- How long he can remain on the fence is a question for an uncertain future.
- We lost faith in pensions long ago.
- The men long ago stopped wearing tribal costumes.
- It's a particularly unfashionable old hat that ought to have gone to the charity shop long ago.
- Her father was a very important man in the city and he could not stay any longer no matter what his daughter wished.
- They will not keep you any longer than necessary.
- We won't wait any longer for this country's children have health care and a quality education.
- It's had a great spirit all season long and everybody came through for everybody else.
- The seniors told us, the new students, to do a lot of silly things all day long.
- All night long the hockey pictures gaze down at you sleeping in your tracksuit.
- Unfortunately we fell into that trap and started just lumping the ball long which isn't our style.
- Instead, he pulls ten men back and hoofs the ball long, to be chased or held up by a willing workhorse.
- The front two had little support other than balls knocked long to alleviate the pressure.
- The Belgian then began to get flustered and started spraying the balls long and wide.
- Too often Rio Ferdinand looked up and knocked it long because he didn't have an option.
- You can hit the ball harder and take a longer swing while minimizing the risk of sending the ball long.
Old English lang, long (adjective), lange, longe (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German lang.
as (or so) long as
- Ducks have been part of the village scene in Bledington for as long as anyone can remember.
- He said it was a great day for the town and one he would remember as long as he lived.
- I'm not sure when this one got started, but it has been going on as long as I can remember.
- The government maintains that it does not matter who provides the services so long as they are publicly funded.
- There are few moral limits imposed, so long as what happens is between consenting adults.
- The advantage of the essay question is that you can play to your strengths - so long as what you write is relevant.
- Take a long time to happen or arrive: it won’t be long before you’re hooked sit down, tea won’t be longMore example sentences
- It will not be long before you can buy network television programming without ads for a monthly fee.
- It may not be long before Americans see a new English hero.
- He knew the twelve o'clock train would not be long.
in the long run
- Over or after a long period of time; eventually: it saves money in the long runMore example sentences
- The project will both use a renewable source of power as well as save the university money in the long run.
- As well as improving performance, the new units would also save money in the long run.
- Although bosses admit the changes will cause teething problems they say it will work well in the long run.
- In the distant past: long ago an unmarried girl was considered her father’s property her son died long ago [as modifier]: time has marched on since my long-ago youthMore example sentences
- Attempts to transmute other metals to gold may have been made as long ago as the Bronze Age.
- The Andamanese have a number of stories which are told to the younger people by their elders and relate to the doings of their ancestors in a time long ago.
- The energy is all derived from the photosynthesis of plants long ago.
the long and the short of it
- All that can or need be said: the long and short of it is that he got himself muggedMore example sentences
- I'm just somebody serving food and that's the long and the short of it.
- He's shell shocked, is the long and the short of it.
- And then the long and the short of it was that we went back to where we stayed and there was no sign of her back there.
long in the tooth
- Rather old.[originally said of horses, from the receding of the gums with age]More example sentences
- His gaggle of girlfriends all seem suspiciously long in the tooth to qualify as high-school students.
- ‘I felt we were getting a bit long in the tooth,’ he said.
- I'm only 29 so I hope that doesn't make me long in the tooth, I started driving a logging truck when I was 17.
long time no see
- informal It’s a long time since we last met (used as a greeting).[in humorous imitation of broken English spoken by an American Indian]More example sentences
- Mark, the instructor who I've mentioned before in a post said hi, and asked where I was… long time no see.
- I never stopped to say hello, long time no see.
- Sweetie, long time no see, where have you been hiding?
not by a long shot
- By no means: we’re not there yet, not by a long shot
not long ago
- Recently: not long ago he came across a rattlesnake outside his houseMore example sentences
- Not long ago a friend of mine moved to Bangalore.
- The Foreign Minister spoke to journalists not long ago.
- This subject came up not long ago at a dinner party.
take the long view
- Think beyond the current situation; plan for the future.More example sentences
- He had held many of his views since early adulthood, and he took the long view.
- Conservative strategists taking the long view must already be realizing the next election, generally expected just a few months from now, could turn out disastrously for the new party.
- It would seem that in this one unique instance the government is taking the long view.
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- He has short mousey blond hair in a crew cut - but slightly longer on top - a longish face, was clean shaven and had blue eyes with long eyelashes.
- Instead of concentrating on longish pieces, reporters will hammer out smaller stories all the time, as events happen.
- It was indeed a long and bumpy ride - including a longish wait at a railway crossing, and what seemed like miles of unlit road.
- He ached for her and longed to show her that he loved her and that he wouldn't leave her.
- She laughs and says she has longed for the ring for a great time and wished to take it.
- She had longed so eagerly to charm, to be desired, to be wildly attractive and sought after.
Old English langian 'grow long, prolong', also 'dwell in thought, yearn', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch langen 'present, offer' and German langen 'reach, extend'.