donkey's ears

donkey's ears

An exceptionally long period of time. The phrase likely originated as rhyming slang, where "ears" rhymes with "years" and alludes to the length of a donkey's ears. Throughout time, it became more popularized as "donkey's years." I haven't seen Jim in donkey's ears! How's he doing these days? It's been donkey's ears since we last got together like this.
See also: ear
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For example, when a participant asked her children to bring her donkey to its welfare assessment, the two children kicked it in the ribs, smacked it on the shoulders, and tugged on the donkey's ears until it moved.
Then an opposite journey began in Dante's Drumkit and Dunn's increasing doubts about whether it was possible (and desirable) to sustain that imaginary fink were later strengthened in The Donkey's Ears.
But it was yours truly who was left with the donkey's ears at Aintree yesterday when Master Minded bounced back to something like his best with an imperious performance under Ruby Walsh.
There will be puppets, a big bassoon, a peckish bird, a king who grew donkey's ears and of course, stories from the incredible Scheherazade.
Audiences of three to six year olds and their parents can hear about the king who grew donkey's ears, the minotaur trapped in a maze and a little boy who learned to fly.
Midas might still be making an ass out us all, but if he checks out the story, he'll realise it's he who ends up with the donkey's ears.
But just when it appeared the GOP's New England few had traded their elephantine credentials for donkey's ears, it seems they have rediscovered the meaning of being in the loyal opposition.
A cardinal who annoyed him is immortalised in the bottom right-hand corner of the piece, depicted as having donkey's ears and with a serpent nibbling at his nether parts.
Charlie Compton looked like the donkey's ears were on his head, so he didn't like that, and they covered it up,'' said Strickland, who was the city's communications officer for 10 years.
Behind the windows of this glassy, impermeable office building are people who clamp on the donkey's ears, or the elephant's trunk, not even alternately but at the same time.
As usual Rossi milked his success to the full, donning a set of donkey's ears on the podium.
At a function in Glasgow last week Smith had a quiet, but firm, word with the sports editor of a tabloid newspaper which has a track record of sticking donkey's ears on managers after disappointing results.