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long time

A lengthy amount of time. We've been waiting here for a long time. When will we be seated? Oh, I've known Holly for a long time—since grade school, in fact!
See also: long, time

long time no see

A phrase used when one encounters someone after having not seen them for a long period of time. Hey, Al, long time no see! How have you been?
See also: long, no, see, time
References in classic literature ?
He remained silent and lay like that for a long time.
For a long time he slept without dreaming, but just before dawn the visions recommenced.
"It does not take a long time," said madame, "for an earthquake to swallow a town.
"I tell thee," said madame, extending her right hand, for emphasis, "that although it is a long time on the road, it is on the road and coming.
But it has lasted a long time, and it is possible--you know well, my wife, it is possible--that it may not come, during our lives."
Now, ma'am, your husband has been dead a long, long time. The gentleman never can be confounded with him, if you will have the goodness to say a few words, on oath, as to when he died, and how; and that this person
He travelled about a long time in search of it and came at last to a dark forest, through which he went on walking for fourteen days and still could not find a way out.
When the giant saw him, he called out, 'It is lucky for that you have come, for I have not had anything to eat for a long time. I can have you now for my supper.' 'I would rather you let that alone,' said the man, 'for I do not willingly give myself up to be eaten; if you are wanting food I have enough to satisfy your hunger.' 'If that is so,' replied the giant, 'I will leave you in peace; I only thought of eating you because I had nothing else.'
REID, Richard, aged 73 and long time member of First Presbyterian Church, Chatham, Ont.
No, I haven't in a really long time. I think I stopped skating when I started playing the guitar.
Looking at Stefan Kurten's painting Long Time Now, 2002, I suddenly thought of an old children's-book illustration for a long-unremembered nursery rhyme: "Little Jack Homer sat in a corner, / Eating his Christmas pie"--that one.
"But," I think to myself, "what a long time it seems to be taking!"
We've done a tremendous amount of improvising, which has meant that the piece has taken a long time to develop."
ya Salaam: For a long time, you've been trying to get your art to move, to dance.