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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.
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.
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.
take the long viewalso take the longer view
to think about the effects that something will have in the future If you take the long view, computer training for your staff is an investment in increased productivity.Related vocabulary: in the long term
take the long view
to think about the effects that something will have in the future instead of in the present If you take the long view, of course, you can regard staff training as an investment for the company.
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.
Not any more, as in They no longer make this model of blender. [c. 1300]
See also: longer
For more time: can't wait any longer.
Not now as formerly: He no longer smokes.
See also: longer