how long is a piece of string

Definition of how long is a piece of string

British, informal

  1. —used as a reply to a question when the answer is not known “How long will you be staying?” “How long is a piece of string?”

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in what manner or way

    :  for what reason :  why

    :  with what meaning :  to what effect

  1. :  the way or manner in which

    :  the state or condition in which

    :  that

  1. :  a question about manner or method

    :  manner, method

longplay
  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

pieceplay
  1. :  a part of a whole: such as

    :  fragment

    :  portion, allocation

  1. :  to repair, renew, or complete by adding pieces :  patch

stringplay
  1. :  something that resembles a string

    :  a cord (as a tendon or ligament) of an animal body

    :  a plant fiber (as a leaf vein)

  1. :  to equip with strings

    :  to tune the strings of

    :  to make tense :  key up

  1. :  of or relating to stringed musical instruments


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