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  • 1 a tall girl with long brown hair this was followed by a long tense silence
    lengthy, of considerable length, extended, prolonged, extensive, stretched out, spread out;
    long-lasting, lasting
    [Antonyms] short
  • 2 the white rhinoceros can reach 17 feet long
  • 3 the couple fought a long battle to get welfare benefits a long speech
    prolonged, protracted, lengthy, overlong, extended, long-drawn-out, drawn-out, spun-out, dragged-out, seemingly endless, lingering, interminable;
    tedious, boring, wearisome
    [Antonyms] short, brief
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    before long
    before long, others will follow
    soon, shortly, presently, in the near future, in a short time, in a little while, in a minute, in a moment;
    in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in (less than) no time, in no time (at all), before you know it, any minute (now);
    informal in a jiffy, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, before you can say Jack Robinson
    archaic or , informal anon
    archaic ere long
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    long 2


  • all through the exams I longed for the holidays she had longed to be invited to the party
    yearn, pine, ache, wish, burn, hanker for/after, hunger, thirst, itch, pant, hope, be eager, be desperate, be consumed with desire, be unable to wait, would give one's eye teeth;
    crave, need, lust after, dream of, set one's heart on, be bent on, eat one's heart out over, covet;
    want, desire, set one's sights on
    informal have a yen, be dying, yen
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    long, yearn, pine, hanker
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