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1‘some of these amphibians grew to a length of three or four metres’
extent, extent lengthwise, distance, distance lengthwise, linear measure, span, reach
area, expanse, stretch, range, scope
2‘there has been a tremendous increase in the length of time spent on remand’
period, duration, stretch, term, span
3‘a length of pale blue silk’
piece, swatch, portion, section, measure, segment, roll
4‘MPs criticized the length of the speech’
protractedness, lengthiness, extent, extensiveness, elongation
prolixity, prolixness, wordiness, verbosity, verboseness, long-windedness
1‘he spoke at length of his suitability for the job’
for a long time, for ages, for hours, on and on, interminably, endlessly, incessantly, ceaselessly, constantly, continually, unendingly, eternally, forever
2‘when questioned at length he insisted he had no links with terrorists’
thoroughly, fully, in detail, in depth, comprehensively, exhaustively, completely, extensively, to the fullest extent
3‘his search had led him, at length, to the headquarters in Seattle’
after a long time, after a considerable time, eventually, in time, in the long run, in the fullness of time
finally, at last, at long last, lastly, in the end, ultimately, in conclusion
immediately, straight away
‘they'll go to any lengths to obtain money to buy drugs’
do absolutely anything, go to any extreme, go to any limits, observe no limits
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