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a month of Sundays

An extremely long, often indefinite period of time. Often used in negative constructions, especially to mean "never." A: "Do you think Samantha will agree to go on a date with Jake?" B: "Not in a month of Sundays!" We'll be here for a month of Sundays trying to sort through all this paperwork!
See also: month, of, Sundays

before last

Before the last such time period. This phrase is usually used with quantities of time, such as years, months, and weeks. I can't believe that Aunt Marie is in the hospital. I just talked to her the week before last, and she was totally fine! I got my degree the year before last.
See also: before, last

by the day

Per day; at a daily rate. You can't afford to miss work when you get paid by the day. I'm renting this hotel room by the day because I could get my next travel assignment at any time.
See also: by

by the month

Per month; at a monthly rate. I'm renting this apartment by the month because I could get my next travel assignment at any time.
See also: by, month

days running

Consecutive days. If you've been sick for 10 days running, you should probably go to the doctor.
See also: days, running

flavor of the month

Something temporary. The phrase is often used to describe fleeting romantic relationships. I wouldn't get too attached to Katie, she's just Ralph's flavor of the month—they'll break up in no time. You change majors all the time, and biology is just the flavor of the month, trust me!
See also: flavor, month, of

for (some) months running

For (some number of) consecutive months. We've been waiting to close on the house for three months running—when will this process finally be over?
See also: month, running

haven't seen you in a month of Sundays

A phrase used when one encounters someone after an extremely long, often indefinite period of time. Hey, Al, haven't seen you in a month of Sundays! How have you been?
See also: month, of, seen, Sundays

in a coon's age

In an exceptionally long period of time. Based on the folk belief that raccoons (shortened colloquially to "coons") have a longer-than-average lifespan. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I haven't seen you in a coon's age! How have you been? I haven't been on a vacation in a coon's age.
See also: age

in a month of Sundays

1. At any point; under any circumstances. Used in the negative to convey that something will never happen. Not in a month of Sundays did I think that I would actually win the lottery! A: "Do you think Samantha will agree to go on a date with Jake?" B: "Not in a month of Sundays!"
2. In an exceptionally long period of time. I haven't seen you in a month of Sundays! How have you been? I haven't been on a vacation in a month of Sundays.
See also: month, of, Sundays

month after month

Repeatedly for consecutive months, usually for a long, indefinite period of time. I sometimes feel trapped by all the bills I have to pay, month after month.
See also: after, month

month by month

1. During the course of each consecutive month. We've steadily been growing the userbase month by month.
2. Considering a month in comparison to the one before and after it. I think you need to look at your expenses month by month to see where you can try to save some money.
See also: by, month

months on end

Several months in a row. We've been waiting to close on the house for months on end—when will this process finally be over?
See also: end, month, on

months running

Consecutive months. The phrase is typically preceded by a number. We've been waiting to close on the house for three months running—when will this process finally be over?
See also: month, running

never in a month of Sundays

Not at any point; under absolutely no circumstances. Never in a month of Sundays did I think that I would actually win the lottery! A: "Do you think Samantha will agree to go on a date with Jake?" B: "Never in a month of Sundays!"
See also: month, never, of, Sundays

not in a month of Sundays

Not at any point; under absolutely no circumstances. Not in a month of Sundays did I think that I would actually win the lottery! A: "Do you think Samantha will agree to go on a date with Jake?" B: "Not in a month of Sundays!"
See also: month, not, of, Sundays

spend (some amount of time) in (some place)

To be in some building, town, country, etc., for some amount of time. I spent a lot of my childhood in the library, learning about as many things as I could. We're only spending a couple of days in Rome, so we have to be very pragmatic about what we can see. I spent about four years in Tokyo teaching English before eventually moving back to Canada.
See also: amount, of, spend

that/(one's) time of the month

The time, usually once a month, at which a woman begins to menstruate. I've had horrible cramps and have been really tired lately. It must be coming up on that time of the month again. A: "I made a joke about it being Sally's time of the month, and she punched me in the face!" B: "Good for her. You had it coming."
See also: month, of, that, time

by the day

one day at a time. I don't know when I'll have to leave town, so I rent this room by the day.
See also: by

by the month

one month at a time. Not many apartments are rented by the month. I needed a car for a short while, so I rented one by the month.
See also: by, month

days running

 and weeks running; months running; years running
days in a series; months in a series; etc. (Follows a number.) I had a bad cold for five days running. For two years running, I brought work home from the office every night.
See also: days, running

(I) haven't seen you in a month of Sundays.

Rur. I haven't seen you in a long time. Tom: Hi, Bill Haven't seen you in a month of Sundays! Bill: Hi, Tom. Long time no see. Bob: Well, Fred! Come right in! Haven't seen you in a month of Sundays! Fred: Good to see you, Uncle Bob.
See also: month, of, seen, Sundays

in a coon's age

 and in a month of Sundays
Rur. in a very long time. (The coon is a raccoon.) How are you? I haven't seen you in a coon's age. I haven't had a piece of apple pie this good in a coon's age.
See also: age

by the day

Also, by the hour or week or month or year . According to a specific time period, as in I'm renting this car by the day, or He's being paid by the hour. This usage generally describes some kind of rate. [1400s]
See also: by

month of Sundays, a

A long time, as in I haven't seen Barbara in a month of Sundays. This expression, which would literally mean thirty weeks, has been used hyperbolically since it was first recorded in 1832. One writer suggests it originally connoted a long dreary time, since games and other kinds of amusement used to be forbidden on Sunday.
See also: month, of

flavour of the month

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If someone or something is flavour of the month, they are very popular at the moment. Note: `Flavour' is spelled `flavor' in American English. One minute you're flavour of the month, top of the bestseller charts, and the next minute you're forgotten. Filmstars seem to be interested in whatever cause is the latest flavour of the month. Note: People sometimes mention other periods of time such as year, week, or moment instead of month. Monetarism was the flavour of the year. Suddenly, he was flavour of the moment on both sides of the Atlantic. Note: These expressions are often used to suggest that the popularity of someone or something is unlikely to last long. Note: American ice cream parlours used to select a particular flavour of the month in order to encourage people to try different flavours of ice cream.
See also: flavour, month, of

not in a month of Sundays

or

never in a month of Sundays

If you say that something will not or will never happen in a month of Sundays, you mean it is very unlikely to happen. Their scheme will never work — not in a month of Sundays.
See also: month, not, of, Sundays

flavour of the month

someone or something that enjoys a short period of great popularity; the current fashion.
This phrase originated in a marketing campaign in American ice-cream parlours in the 1940s, when a particular flavour of ice cream would be singled out each month for special promotion.
See also: flavour, month, of

a month of Sundays

a very long, seemingly endless period of time.
This expression may be a reference to the traditionally slow passage of Sundays as a result of religious restrictions on activity or entertainment. In a letter written in 1849 , G. E. Jewsbury talked of the absence of mail deliveries on Sundays, remarking: ‘If I don't get a better letter from you…you may pass “a month of Sundays” at breakfast without any letter from me’.
1998 Country Life All in all, the Ministry of Agriculture is gaining the no-nonsense, get-your-coats-off atmosphere that Jack Cunningham could not have managed in a month of Sundays.
See also: month, of, Sundays

flavour of the ˈmonth

(especially British English) a person who is especially popular at the moment: If I were you, I’d keep quiet at the staff meeting. You’re not exactly flavour of the month with the boss at the moment.In the past, ice cream companies in the US would choose a particular flavour each month to advertise in their stores.
See also: flavour, month, of

the day, week, month, etc. before ˈlast

the day, week, etc. just before the most recent one; two days, weeks, etc. ago: I haven’t seen him since the summer before last.
See also: before, last

month after ˈmonth

over a period of several months: Prices continue to rise month after month.
See also: after, month

ˌmonth by ˈmonth

as the months pass; each month: Her pain increased month by month.
See also: by, month

(not for/in) a ˌmonth of ˈSundays

(spoken) used to emphasize that something will never happen: ‘Do you think she’ll be able to sell the house at that price?’ ‘Not in a month of Sundays. It’s far too much.’
See also: month, of, Sundays

month of Sundays

Informal
An indefinitely long period of time: It will take you a month of Sundays to chop all that wood.
See also: month, of, Sundays

flavor of the month

A briefly prominent or popular person, product, or trend. The term originated in the 1930s in the ice cream industry, where a particular flavor of ice cream was promoted each month. Since the late 1900s, it has been used ironically to comment on a short-lived success of some kind. For example, “Their new album is the flavor of the month, but I doubt that it’ll survive.”
See also: flavor, month, of

month of Sundays, a

A very long time. It is doubtful that this expression, which dates from the early nineteenth century, was ever meant literally—that is, a period of thirty Sundays (or weeks). It first appeared in print in Frederick Marryat’s Newton Forster (1832) and was surely a cliché by the time Ogden Nash played on it in “My Dear, How Did You Ever Think up This Delicious Salad?” (1935): “The salad course nowadays seems to be a month of sundaes.” The British version, a week of Sundays, is never heard in America.
See also: month, of
References in classic literature ?
814-818) Again, few know that the twenty-seventh of the month is best for opening a wine-jar, and putting yokes on the necks of oxen and mules and swift-footed horses, and for hauling a swift ship of many thwarts down to the sparkling sea; few call it by its right name.
-- DBK (41) The month is divided into three periods, the waxing, the mid-month, and the waning, which answer to the phases of the moon.
750-759) Do not let a boy of twelve years sit on things which may not be moved (39), for that is bad, and makes a man unmanly; nor yet a child of twelve months, for that has the same effect.
For three months I kept this pace, only breaking it on several occasions.
And while I forgot that I had plunged into the books nineteen hours a day for three solid months, Charley Le Grant shifted my outfit into a big Columbia River salmon boat.
The prince's further fate was more or less decided by Colia, who selected, out of all the persons he had met during the last six or seven months, Evgenie Pavlovitch, as friend and confidant.
Evgenie Pavlovitch, who went abroad at this time, intending to live a long while on the continent, being, as he often said, quite superfluous in Russia, visits his sick friend at Schneider's every few months.
Then, after a six months' silence, Evgenie Pavlovitch informed his correspondent, in a long letter, full of detail, that while paying his last visit to Dr.
Within six months, everything that the family had dreaded from the marriage with the Polish count had come to pass.
Besides this, before they had been married half a year, the count and his friend the priest managed to bring about a quarrel between Aglaya and her family, so that it was now several months since they had seen her.
I will ask the jury to take these large pantograph facsimilies of A's marked five months and seven months.
"Now examine this pantograph, taken at eight months, and also marked A.
Now take these two pantographs of B's autograph, marked five months and seven months.
"Take this third pantograph marked B, eight months. Does it tally with B's other two?"
"Between the ages of seven months and eight months those children were changed in the cradle"--he made one of this effect- collecting pauses, and added--"and the person who did it is in this house!"