donkey's ears

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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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One particularly sharp-edged Terry-Toons feature offered readers a cartoon donkey ear to cut out and apply to an adjacent head: "Pin the Ear on the Donkey
The pink claws, of which there were wearable sculptural versions in the exhibition, suggest a somatization of depression: not the full abjection of Franz Kafka's cockroach, but an awkward faunal prosthesis like Pinocchio's donkey ears, which marked him as a sinner.
He will be presented with his own hat complete with donkey ears, which will make up his official uniform.
30pm To celebrate Shakespeare Week children can make donkey ears to transform into Bottom from A Midsummer Night's Dream and have-a-go at acting scenes from the play-within-the-play before watching a magical enactment by master puppeteers.
His accumulated monologues are paradoxes awakening those who cannot shout "The king has donkey ears.
There are no sources or commentary on the tales, but readers could be encouraged to find other stories in the pantheon of Irish myth which tell of other adventures of the characters--or even to explore kings with donkey ears in different cultures.
The striker who couldn't score in a house of ill repute with Donald Trump's gold card in his back pocket isn't going to suddenly start sticking them away after fans give him the donkey ears.
We film in this big village hall, and if you can imagine there are cameras everywhere, small little children who've just been put in the most uncomfortable Fifties donkey ears and woollen clothing.
As George says: "We film in this big village hall, and if you can imagine there are cameras everywhere, small little children who've just been put in the most uncomfortable Fifties donkey ears and woollen clothing.
Two essays pick up the folkloric theme, reading Whitman within the context of the tale of the "King with Donkey Ears," as a means to explore the tension between Whitman's openness and secretiveness.
Berkeley said she never noticed the donkey ears on the fool in "Allegory of Folly," a painting by Quentin Metsys.
The criticism culminated in Capello being portrayed in one newspaper yesterday as a jackass, pictured complete with donkey ears, for leaving Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Newcastle's Andy Carroll in the England under-21s despite promising to bring in young players to the senior side.