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1‘a tall girl with long brown hair’
lengthy, of considerable length, extended, prolonged, extensive, stretched out, spread out
2‘the white rhinoceros can reach 17 feet long’
in length, lengthways, lengthwise
3‘the couple fought a long battle to get welfare benefits’
prolonged, protracted, lengthy, overlong, extended, long-drawn-out, drawn-out, spun-out, dragged-out, seemingly endless, lingering, interminable
tedious, boring, wearisome
1‘all through the exams I longed for the holidays’
yearn, pine, ache, wish, burn, hanker after, hanker for, hunger, thirst, itch, pant, hope, be eager, be desperate, be consumed with desire, be unable to wait, would give one's eye teeth
crave, need, lust after, dream of, set one's heart on, be bent on, eat one's heart out over, covet
want, desire, set one's sights on
informal have a yen, be dying, yen
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