in donkeys

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in donkeys

In an exceptionally long period of time. The phrase likely originated as the rhyming slang, shortened to simply "donkeys," of "donkey's ears" —where "ears" rhymes with "years" and alludes to the length of a donkey's ears. I haven't seen Jim in donkeys! How's he doing these days?
See also: donkey
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I am thrilled that the practice is interested in donkeys, and to have been invited up to Northumberland to take part in the evening and meet local donkey owners.
With an increase in donkeys being relinquished into our care each month, every donation is important to us.
He said: "There used to be a lot of trading in donkeys at fairs around the country but that is vanishing.
Peter Jinman,former president of the British Veterinary Association,said:'I have a certain amount of concern as to what is going on with the trade in donkeys and how it is being regulated.
Mark's interest in donkeys began at the age of six, when his parents took him on holiday to Blackpool and he used to visit the donkeys every day.