on the long finger

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on the long finger

In a state of postponement or procrastination. (Used especially in the phrase "put something on the long finger.") Primarily heard in Ireland. It looks like increased funding for education has been left on the long finger by the Dáil yet again. I've been meaning to send in my college applications, but I keep putting it on the long finger.
See also: finger, long, on
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Duffy didn't rule it out but appeared to be placing it on the long finger for now.
Despite a vow by Enda Kenny that the paper would be published by December, the Taoiseach admitted the time frame won't be reached and it could be put on the long finger by the Cabinet.
Mild to moderate tenosynovitis of the long finger flexor tendon was noted (Figure 2).
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So they put the project on the long finger and do nothing.
Ms Harney insisted it would take months to prepare new legislation but dismissed suggestions she was putting the divisive issue on the long finger.
Navan rail line is not put on the long finger despite reports to the contrary .
Spokesman Brendan Coyle said: "Often the main reason people don't arrange a will is they just put it on the long finger.
He said: "Due to his history with leg trouble we have put his chasing debut on the long finger for a while but he has done a bit of popping and seems fine.
However, Harrington's successor in the Dublin hot seat, Andy Kettle (left), has now told Sunday Mirror Sport that a lack of financial resources means they've had to put the project on the long finger.
I elected to trim the double proximal phalanx of the index finger and to totally remove the extremely disturbed skeleton of the long finger.
All that is on the long finger," insists Alfie, one of Irish League's most polished defenders during hugely rewarding times with Glentoran and Portadown.
And as ever, it is the long finger that is directing them.
But despite expressing a desire for revenge, Martinez has put 'The Jackal' on the long finger.