American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Greatly extended or protracted; prolonged: a long-drawn-out speech.
- adj. Protracted, extending for a great period of time.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. relatively long in duration.
“For Vickers, who has been obsessed for decades with every detail of the Duchess of Windsor's life and long-drawn-out death, this is clearly true.”
“The latest good news, dramatically reducing any confusion or uncertainty on the subject, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has issued a new ruling in the long-drawn-out divorce of Dickerson v.”
“Unfortunately, following the market solution will be a long-drawn-out and costly process -- both in terms of tying up the judicial system but also in terms of the uncertainty and despair that will persist.”
“The thought of default is intolerable in Washington, and that may be why the warring parties put aside their long-drawn-out dispute when they did.”
“In reality, such strategies are far from being the best way to stimulate cooperation in long-drawn-out games.”
“Freeling went on to note: "Crime is the pathology of the human condition, the moment after, it may be, a long-drawn-out disturbance or perversion, at which the delicate balance of metabolism . . . tilts into morbidity.”
“This way, a crisis ensuing from the U.S. veto or European abstinence from the vote at the Security Council can be averted, and all those concerned with advancing the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations can move forward, seriously towards conclusion within one year, so that the peace process does not continue to be a long-drawn-out one with no end in sight.”
“Burhanpur settled into a state of long-drawn-out waiting accompanied by a hush, a silence, a burgeoning fear.”
“But they did not rule out the possibility of a long-drawn-out guerrilla war.”
“And then, from all around, there was a universal murmur, like a hushed, long-drawn-out “Whaaat?” and rifles were slowly lowered as the men and women who held them craned their necks to get a better look.”
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