long-drawn-out
long-drawn-out long-drawn-out adj. 1. relatively long in duration; as, a long-drawn-out visit from my mother-in-law.

Syn: drawn-out, extended, prolonged, protracted. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • long-drawn-out — long′ drawn out′ adj. lasting a very long time; protracted; drawn out: a long drawn out story[/ex] Often, long′ drawn′. Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • long-drawn-out — also long drawn adj [only before noun] continuing for a longer time than is wanted or necessary = ↑protracted ▪ The official enquiry was a long drawn out process …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • long-drawn-out — [lôŋ′drôn′out′] adj. continuing for a long or very long time; prolonged: also long drawn …   English World dictionary

  • long-drawn-out — adjective continuing for too long: PROTRACTED: a long drawn out war …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • long-drawn-out — adj lengthy, long winded, spun out, overlong, prolonged, interminable, tedious, marathon, overextended, long drawn FORMAL protracted, prolix COLLOQ. dragging on ≠ brief, curtailed * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective also long drawn ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ …   Useful english dictionary

  • long-drawn-out — /lawng drawn owt , long /, adj. 1. lasting a very long time; protracted: a long drawn out story. 2. of great length; long: a long drawn out line of soldiers. Also, drawn out, long drawn. [1900 05] * * * …   Universalium

  • long drawn out — also long drawn out ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A long drawn out process or conflict lasts an unnecessarily long time or an unpleasantly long time. A long drawn out war would likely deepen and prolong the recession. ...a long drawn out election… …   English dictionary

  • long-drawn-out — UK / US adjective continuing for too long a long drawn out war …   English dictionary

  • long-drawn-out — see long drawn out …   English dictionary

  • long-drawn-out — adjective continuing for a longer time than necessary: The official enquiry was a long drawn out process …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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