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a (good) long while

Definition of a (good) long while

  1. :  a long time <I haven't seen her for a (good) long while.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  of a favorable character or tendency

    :  bountiful, fertile

    :  handsome, attractive

  1. :  something that is good

    :  something conforming to the moral order of the universe

    :  praiseworthy character :  goodness

  1. :  well

    : used as an intensive

  1. :  extending for a considerable distance

    :  having greater length than usual

    :  having greater height than usual :  tall

  1. :  for or during a long time

    :  at or to a long distance :  far

    :  for the duration of a specified period

  1. :  a long period of time

    :  a long syllable

    :  one taking a long position especially in a security or commodity market

  1. :  to feel a strong desire or craving especially for something not likely to be attained

  1. :  to be suitable or fitting

  1. :  a period of time especially when short and marked by the occurrence of an action or a condition :  time

    :  the time and effort used (as in the performance of an action) :  trouble

  1. :  during the time that

    :  as long as

    :  when on the other hand :  whereas

  1. :  until

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of a yellow-green or bluish-gray color

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