One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to indicate that something cannot be given a finite measurement.
- ‘The Irish joker who first asked ‘how long is a piece of string?’ had no idea of the everlasting wonder conjured in an Irish backwater.’
- ‘He's the best young striker I've worked with so how long is a piece of string?’
- ‘He is one of the most sought-after artists in the world and in terms of price it would be like asking how long is a piece of string?’
- ‘Not surprisingly, that turns out to be one of those ‘how long is a piece of string?’’
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