in donkeys

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in donkeys

In an exceptionally long period of time. The phrase likely originated as the rhyming slang, shortened to simply "donkeys," of "donkey's ears" —where "ears" rhymes with "years" and alludes to the length of a donkey's ears. I haven't seen Jim in donkeys! How's he doing these days?
See also: donkey
References in classic literature ?
may be attributed in main part to selection not having been brought into play: in cats, from the difficulty in pairing them; in donkeys, from only a few being kept by poor people, and little attention paid to their breeding; in peacocks, from not being very easily reared and a large stock not kept; in geese, from being valuable only for two purposes, food and feathers, and more especially from no pleasure having been felt in the display of distinct breeds.
I am thrilled that the practice is interested in donkeys, and to have been invited up to Northumberland to take part in the evening and meet local donkey owners.
With an increase in donkeys being relinquished into our care each month, every donation is important to us.
He said: "There used to be a lot of trading in donkeys at fairs around the country but that is vanishing.
The free event run by The Donkey Sanctuary, will take place at Kirkley Hall in Ponteland, on Friday, August 22, and is for anyone interested in donkeys.
Peter Jinman,former president of the British Veterinary Association,said:'I have a certain amount of concern as to what is going on with the trade in donkeys and how it is being regulated.