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. Weary, she snaps at her child, telling him or her to shut up and go watch television.
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.
Two Orange Belt Stage buses full of Camp Fire Girls rolled across the dry, golden hills of California's Kern River oil field, and the big girls in the back of the bus began singing, "I've been camping Yenis Hante all the livelong day" to the tune of I've Been Working on the Railroad.
Music all the livelong day. Young Children, 55(4), 27-29.
As the song goes, Jim Beardsley's been working on the railroad "all the livelong day."
Slightly older children will recognize that each poem is a parody: "I've been working on the food chain / All the livelong day" or "Which world this is I do not know / It's in our solar system though."
For example, Barbara Garson's book first published in the early 1970s, All the Livelong Day: The Meaning and Demeaning of Routine Work (1994), is a classic.
Garson--who is well known for the satirical play MacBird and the book All the Livelong Day: The Meaning and Demeaning of Routine Work--also puts $5,000 of the next installment of her advance into a mutual fund run by investor Michael Price, whose specialty is undervalued or "out of favor" companies.
/ My goodness, all the livelong day / you hop your little life away." Who would have imagined that P.
Here's a revised and updated version of a 1975 work that ought to command some 1994 attention: All the Livelong Day: The Meaning and Demeaning of Routine Work (Penguin Books, 271 pages, $11.95 paperback), by Barbara Garson.