Wednesday 12 September 2007

Phrase of the Day 144: 'donkey's years'

"Donkey's years"

definition: A long while; a lengthy period.

example: "I haven't been to the cinema in donkey's years"

origin: This expression comes from the original parallel between "a long time" being likened to being as "long as donkey's ears". A slurring of pronunciation resulted in the present form, first recorded in 1916.

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