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-long British & World English

(Added to nouns) for the duration of

long1 British & World English

Measuring a great distance from end to end

long2 British & World English

Have a strong wish or desire

Long, Huey Pierce British & World English

(1893–1935) US politician; known as the Kingfish. A Democrat, he served as governor of Louisiana 1928–31 and as a US senator 1932–35 and was known as a dictatorial demagogue with politically radical ideas, most notably his “Share the Wealth” program. Not long after he announced his plans to run for the US presidency, he was assassinated

Long, Stephen Harriman British & World English

(1784–1864), US Army officer and explorer. His expeditions included the upper Mississippi in 1817 and the Rocky Mountain region in 1820. Longs Peak in Colorado is named for him

long s British & World English

An obsolete form of lower-case s, written or printed as ſ. It was used in initial and medial but not final position in a word, and was generally abandoned in English-language printing shortly before 1800

so long British & World English

Goodbye till we meet again

be long British & World English

Take a long time to happen or arrive

long on British & World English

A fielding position far behind the bowler and towards the on side

age-long British & World English

Having existed for a very long time

day-long British & World English

Lasting a whole day

week-long British & World English

Lasting for a week

year-long British & World English

Lasting for or throughout a year

hour-long British & World English

Lasting for one hour

long ago British & World English

In the distant past

long-ago British & World English

Existing in or relating to a time in the distant past

long ball British & World English

(In sport) a ball that is hit, kicked, or thrown a long way

long-day British & World English

(Of a plant) needing a long period of light each day to initiate flowering, which therefore happens naturally as the days lengthen in the spring

long face British & World English

An unhappy or disappointed expression

long haul British & World English

A long distance (in reference to the transport of goods or passengers)

long hop British & World English

A short-pitched, easily hit ball

long jump British & World English

An athletic event in which competitors jump as far as possible along the ground in one leap

long leg British & World English

A fielding position far behind the batsman on the leg side

long lens British & World English

A lens with a long focal length, especially as a camera attachment for taking photographs from a great distance

long-life British & World English

(Of food) treated so as to stay fresh for longer than usual

long-lost British & World English

Lost or absent for a long time

long mark British & World English

Informal term for macron.

long off British & World English

A fielding position far behind the bowler and towards the off side

long pig British & World English

A translation of a term formerly used in some Pacific islands for human flesh as food

long shot British & World English

An attempt or guess that has only the slightest chance of succeeding or being accurate

long-stay British & World English

Denoting or relating to people staying somewhere for a long time

long suit British & World English

(In bridge or whist) a holding of several cards of one suit in a hand, typically 5 or more out of the 13

long tail British & World English

(In retail and marketing) used to refer to the large number of products that sell in small quantities, as contrasted with the small number of best-selling products

long-term British & World English

Occurring over or relating to a long period of time

long-time British & World English

(Especially of a person) having had a specified role or identity for a long time

long tom British & World English

A large cannon with a long range

long wave British & World English

A radio wave of a wavelength above one kilometre (and a frequency below 300 kHz)

long-acting British & World English

(Chiefly of a drug) having effects that last for a long time

Long Beach British & World English

A port and resort in California, situated on the south side of the Los Angeles conurbation; population 463,789 (est. 2008)

long black British & World English

A type of coffee made by adding a shot of espresso to hot water

Long Branch British & World English

A city in east central New Jersey, on the Atlantic Ocean, long a noted summer resort; population 32,622 (est. 2008)

long corner British & World English

(In field hockey) a penalty hit taken from the back line within 5 yards of the corner

long-dated British & World English

(Of securities) not due for early payment or redemption

long-drawn British & World English

Continuing for a long time, especially for longer than is necessary

long-haired British & World English

Having long hair

long-headed British & World English

Having or showing foresight and good judgement

Long Island British & World English

An island on the coast of New York State. Its western tip, comprising the New York districts of Brooklyn and Queens, is separated from Manhattan and the Bronx by the East River and is linked to Manhattan by the Brooklyn Bridge


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