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"for too long a time," late 14c., from over- + long (adj.).

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  • The danger of over-long delay is well exemplified in the sad case of young Coventry Patmore.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • A whole system of nosology exists in some minds due to an over-long prepuce.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • And then one day the new port palled, like a book one has read too often, or a picture one has looked at over-long.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • Then Devonham, still standing over his Chief, let out the storm that had accumulated in him over-long.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • Unseemly altercations have summoned me to the kitchen, and I return to close this over-long chronicle.

    Le Petit Nord

    Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
  • That beard puzzled me much, since such are not grown in a day, although it is true that as yet it was not over-long.

    The Virgin of the Sun H. R. Haggard
  • So that page is turned, and it seems a good place to end this over-long letter.

  • Dying, its claws, over-long in proportion to its paws, drew inch deep furrows in the earth and gravel.

    Star Hunter Andre Alice Norton
  • He had sat silent while he thought, one of his silences which, when he emerged from them, he often recognized as over-long.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • So one must have noticed in every over-long discourse a critical moment when the speaker and his hearers are equally exhausted.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers

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