- lasting a very long time; protracted: a long-drawn-out story.
- of great length; long: a long-drawn-out line of soldiers.
Also drawn-out, long-drawn.
Origin of long-drawn-out
First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for long-drawn-out
Then there came a long-drawn-out whisper from Sydney Barnes.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Human history is like a long-drawn-out drama, in which we are actors.Gloria Crucis
J. H. Beibitz
Do not present a long-drawn-out and padded dance that will weary everyone.The Art of Stage Dancing
In that long-drawn-out monotony we made the most of trivialities.From sketch-book and diary
The fall migration of the black-and-white is long-drawn-out.
- over-prolonged or extended
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