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long lease

(in England and Wales) a lease, originally for a period of over 21 years, on a whole house of low rent and ratable value, which is the occupants' only or main residence. The leaseholder is entitled to buy the freehold, claim an extension of 50 years, or become a statutory tenant
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  • But our long lease on life is due principally to having to climb this hill.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • Louis Quatorze was nearing the end of his long lease of splendour.


    Haldane Macfall
  • Should you wish to take a long lease, and enlarge it, I shall be happy.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • I am a good tenant and he knows it, but for all that I can never have a long lease of the house.

    A Gallant Grenadier F.S. Brereton
  • I believe she would have left the alley if she had not taken a long lease of the house.

    Poor Jack

    Frederick Marryat
  • Major Brown took this house on a long lease and thought he had made a bargain.

  • Third, was he sufficiently enamoured of it to occupy it on a long lease?

    Penelope's Irish Experiences Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • I've been after that place for years, but it was held on a long lease by Max, the Square Tailor—you know.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Godoy kept a close watch upon Bute, who took a mansion in Madrid on a long lease in order to lull that Court into security.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • Their hotel, Rue St. Dominique, was hired on a long lease, and fitted up as a permanent abode.

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