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any longer

1. Longer in length. If this gown were any longer, I'd trip over it. If this drive were any longer, I'd have to stop at a hotel for the night.
2. Any more. I can't handle this tension any longer—can you two please reconcile? Oh, the Smiths don't live there any longer, they moved last year.
See also: any, longer

come back when you can stay longer

A phrase directed at a guest who is welcome to extend their visit next time. Well, I'm glad we got to see each other, even if it wasn't for very long. Come back when you can stay longer!
See also: back, can, come, longer, stay

difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer

Situations that are very challenging or seem hopeless take longer to complete than ones that are merely difficult. Kate is undeterred by any problem I bring her. She truly embraces the idea that difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer.

no longer

Not any longer; not now as was true before. Oh, the Smiths no longer live there—they moved out last year. It took a long time, but I no longer feel the craving for a cigarette, thank God!
See also: longer, no

Come back when you can stay longer.

Come back again sometime when your visit can be longer. (Often said by a host or hostess to departing guests.) John: I really must go. Sue: So glad you could come. Please come back when you can stay longer. Bill: Well, I hate to eat and run, but I have to get up early tomorrow. Mary: Well, come back when you can stay longer.
See also: back, can, come, longer, stay

difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer

Prov. Tasks that are only difficult are done immediately, harder tasks take longer. (Describes a very competent group or person.) The secretary in our office is extremely capable. She has a little sign on her desk that says, "The difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer." In her case, it's not a joke.

any longer

1. With added length, as in If this skirt were any longer it would sweep the floor.
2. Still, any more, as in They don't make this model any longer. This negative form is often put as no longer.
See also: any, longer

no longer

Not any more, as in They no longer make this model of blender. [c. 1300]
See also: longer, no

no/any ˈlonger

used to say that something which was possible or true before is not now: I can’t wait any longer.He no longer lives here.
See also: any, longer, no

any longer

For more time: can't wait any longer.
See also: any, longer

no longer

Not now as formerly: He no longer smokes.
See also: longer, no
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