Definition of for the duration in US English:

for the duration


  • 1Until the end of something, especially a war.

    ‘he was in the navy for the duration plus six’
    • ‘He trained for and entered the Royal Navy for the duration of the First World War.’
    • ‘Many students find themselves sleeping on old camp bed-style mattress for the duration of their stay.’
    • ‘This process was repeated for the remaining data until a value of zero remained for the duration of the experimental period.’
    • ‘They receive only travelling expenses plus board and lodging for the duration of the session.’
    • ‘Neither side could find a way through for the duration of the game in front of 63,000 spectators.’
    • ‘Wherever the sensation has struck, it has remained for the duration of my stay, and returned on repeat visits.’
    • ‘The 10 trains an hour scheduled to pass through Swindon had to be re-routed for the duration of the alert.’
    • ‘As part of this tribute the committee are looking for memorabilia which can be put on show for the duration of the exhibition.’
    • ‘Highways chiefs expect to keep both lanes open for the duration of the project which is scheduled to last until December this year.’
    • ‘However, the footpath through Scotchell would be closed for the duration of the work.’
    1. 1.1informal For a very long time.
      ‘some stains may be there for the duration’
      • ‘Then she's held down protectively by her friend for the duration.’
      • ‘The best thing about spending the next few weeks behind bars is that if you're banged up you actually lose the right to vote for the duration.’
      • ‘Having been one of the last in I managed to be one of the first out, but as I looked behind me it appeared as if many of the mobsters were there for the duration.’
      • ‘There are many of us in total and we are here for the duration.’
      • ‘One of the aforementioned New York Friends offered to put me up in his new house for the duration.’
      • ‘The Marquess of Queensbury rules are put on hold for the duration.’
      all through, through, for the duration, for the duration of, for the whole of, until the end, until the end of, the whole time, all the time
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