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at (long) last

Finally. Typically said after a long period. My husband returns from his trip today at last—I've missed him so much! At long last, I got an A on a math test. All that studying really helped.
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at (long) last

after a long wait; finally. At last the hostages were released. Sally earned her diploma at long last after six years in college.
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at last

finally; after a long wait. The train has come at last. At last, we have gotten something to eat.
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at last

Also, at long last. After a long time, finally, as in At last the speeches ended and dinner was served, or Harry's got his degree at long last. The first term dates from about 1200, the variant from the early 1500s. Also see at length, def. 2.
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at (long) ˈlast

at the end of a period of waiting, trying etc.; finally: At long last she’s got a job in a theatre in Stratford.
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at last

After a considerable length of time; finally.
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References in classic literature ?
Meantime the thieves were frightened, and ran off a little way; but at last they plucked up their hearts, and said,
The little man crawled about in the hay-loft, and at last found a snug place to finish his night's rest in; so he laid himself down, meaning to sleep till daylight, and then find his way home to his father and mother.
At last he cried out as loud as he could, 'Don't bring me any more hay
Tom soon set himself to work to get out, which was not a very easy task; but at last, just as he had made room to get his head out, fresh ill-luck befell him.
The minutes pass; the half-hour longer strikes from the clock on the chimney-piece; and at last I hear him
But how strange it was that the creative instinct should seize upon this dull stockbroker, to his own ruin, perhaps, and to the misfortune of such as were dependent on him; and yet no stranger than the way in which the spirit of God has seized men, powerful and rich, pursuing them with stubborn vigilance till at last, conquered, they have abandoned the joy of the world and the love of women for the painful austerities of the cloister.
At last, like a courtier fawning on the royal stick that is laid about his shoulders, he prides himself on the sensitiveness of his conscience.
We have to show we can defend at the level we defended at last year,'' Dunleavy said.
The survey asked students about their demographic characteristics, their number of sexual partners in the previous three months, their mental health in the previous 12 months, their violent behaviors in the previous 12 months, their substance use during the last 30 days and their sexual risk-taking behaviors at last intercourse.
Wiles will continue his lecture course at Princeton this fall, when he will at last reach the point in the proof where his difficulty lies.