Definition of put something on the long finger in English:

put something on the long finger


  • Postpone consideration of something; put something off.

    ‘don't put retirement planning on the long finger’
    • ‘I realise that I still owe Niall twenty quid, but that can wait - he's happy to put such things on the long finger.’
    • ‘It had been his intention to renovate the cottage but had kept ‘putting it on the long finger’.’
    • ‘But then rather than try to sort their debts, they tend to put them on the long finger.’
    • ‘If a problem of any kind arises parents should share this with the teacher and not put it on the long finger.’
    • ‘Those who put payments on the long finger can look forward to receiving monthly calls from the nice Visa or Mastercard lady.’
    • ‘The road was mooted as far back as the early 1980s but it was put on the long finger for many years and was only revived in the late 1990s following a period of intensive political lobbying’
    • ‘In an Irish context some of the American companies we would deal with are putting projects on the long finger.’
    • ‘There are a few vacant slots currently available between 6.00 and 10.00 p.m. nightly so don't put it on the long finger as it's a case of first come, first served.’
    • ‘We always wanted to get married and we had thought about going down the route of Eileen getting a divorce but we put it on the long finger.’
    • ‘With the help of a fairy godmother-like CEO (chief effectiveness officer), the manager finally comes to appreciate how putting things on the long finger results in poor-quality work and unnecessary stress.’