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Continuing for a long time, especially for longer than is necessary.‘long-drawn-out negotiations’
prolonged, protracted, lengthy, lasting, long-lasting, marathon, overlong, extended, drawn-out, spun-out, dragged-out, dragging, time-consuming, seemingly endless, lingering, interminableView synonyms
- ‘We've talked about what I can do about it, but it would be a long-drawn-out, expensive scenario.’
- ‘This could be a long-drawn-out affair, if that's what it takes.’
- ‘In 1812, with the long-drawn-out war against Napoleonic France still being waged both at sea and on land, Portsmouth was a busy, various, but generally unlovely town.’
- ‘We have fought long-drawn battles against the Water Authority exploiting consumers in the name of water-meters.’
- ‘In particular, imported foodstuffs from the Americas, Australia, and eastern Europe caused a long-drawn-out depression in agricultural prices, which in turn affected industry.’
- ‘Some of the world's most bitter and long-drawn battles have been fought, not between two religions, but between two sects of the same religion!’
- ‘Last year's long-drawn-out pay dispute and strike action has left many Wiltshire firefighters with a bitter aftertaste.’
- ‘A long-drawn bugle-note is the signal for the bull to be released from its pen.’
- ‘Finally, the commission must confront, and finally put an end to, the long-drawn-out, sterile and energy-sapping ‘debate’ that revolves around the so-called high arts and Scottish traditional culture.’
- ‘Nothing could be worse for city residents than a long-drawn-out wrangle swallowing up a bridge.’
- ‘This time there were some terribly long-drawn-out negotiations beforehand about where we could eat.’
- ‘Every morning at daybreak we would hear hauntingly long-drawn fluid birdcalls.’
- ‘All I can say in favor of this dance is that it is less hermetic and long-drawn-out than your typical Neumeier effort and that, for once, the choreographer isn't leaning on Mahler or Bach.’
- ‘I'm inclined to think not - there truly were some heart-stopping moments and long-drawn-out frustrations.’
- ‘Moreover, she remembers my abortive but long-drawn-out attempt to learn standard Chinese after I started my job.’
- ‘The next meet brings in legal experts so that the elderly can thrash out the problems they have when faced with complicated, long-drawn lawsuits.’
- ‘The serials are so convoluted and long-drawn-out that even if some of the evil people get punished, it may happen towards the end of the serial.’
- ‘Inventory reduction is a long-drawn-out and painful affair.’
- ‘The battle for gender justice has been a long-drawn struggle.’
- ‘Ron's parents separate and initiate a bitter and long-drawn-out divorce.’
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