all the livelong day

all the livelong day

The whole day. "Livelong" comes from the Middle English phrase "leve longe." My hands hurt after sewing all the livelong day. I need a break after watching these kids all the livelong day.
See also: all

all the livelong day

all day long. Well, of course you get to feeling stiff, sitting in front of a computer all the livelong day. I'd go crazy if I had to stay at home all the livelong day.
See also: all
References in classic literature ?
All the livelong day the search went on; upon the river, with barge and pole, and drag and net; upon the muddy and rushy shore, with jack-boots, hatchet, spade, rope, dogs, and all imaginable appliances.
Unmindful of all her provoking caprices, forgetful of all her conquests and inconstancy, with all her winning little vanities quite gone, she nestled all the livelong day in Emma Haredale's bosom; and, sometimes calling on her dear old grey-haired father, sometimes on her mother, and sometimes even on her old home, pined slowly away, like a poor bird in its cage.
All the livelong day, and for hours after it had grown dark, Oliver paced softly up and down the garden, raising his eyes every instant to the sick chamber, and shuddering to see the darkened window, looking as if death lay stretched inside.
For all the livelong day they abided near this highway.
Not at all surprising was the fact that almost every teacher commented either on my ability to contribute to "class discussions" or my incessant need to chatter all the livelong day.
She is faced with the chatter of her latchkey child, about whom she has worried all the livelong day.
Tides rushing madly to and fro all the livelong day between rock shores beneath the mountains, their flanks still brown despite summer, as if built out of rusted steel plates from dead ships.
Protester Georgene Acosta, a high school teacher who no longer takes the bus but still opposes the increase, broke into song: ``I've been waiting at the bus stop, all the livelong day.
My goodness, all the livelong day / you hop your little life away.