prolong the agony

prolong the agony

To extend a period of stress, pressure, difficulty, or discomfort beyond what is necessary. Why don't you just finish the essay tonight, rather than prolong the agony for the whole weekend? Come on, don't prolong the agony—just tell me if I was accepted or not!
See also: agony

prolong the agony

If someone or something prolongs the agony, they make an unpleasant situation last longer than it needs to. The job just wasn't working out so, rather than prolong the agony, I felt it was better to go.
See also: agony

prolong the agony

cause a difficult or unpleasant situation to last longer than necessary.
See also: agony

proˌlong the ˈagony

make an unpleasant situation last longer than is necessary: Don’t prolong the agony. Just say yes or no, and then I’ll know where I stand. OPPOSITE: put somebody/something out of their/its misery
See also: agony
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I could see the Everton v Mackems game ending in a draw, just to prolong the agony.
This will prolong the agony of hundreds of thousands of commuters who are paying more now," Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr.
Lib Dem peer Lord Dykes slammed the four-year delay in publishing the report as a disgrace and said: "More and more people think it is some kind of attempt to prolong the agony for Mr Blair facing possible war crime charges.
More and more people think it is some kind of attempt to prolong the agony for Blair facing possible war crimes charges," he added.
It means permitting patients living in coma or suffering from an incurable disease to refuse essential artificial medical support system as he or she does not want to prolong the agony.
Such regulations exist for valid reasons; but their rigid application may prolong the agony of a dying person.
Reynaldo Umali, panel chairman, said the SC should have solved the power issue with urgency and should not prolong the agony of the power sector.
He never seemed to get flustered throughout the match, even in the last game when he was 40 love up and I was sitting there thinking 'is he going to prolong the agony any longer?
A bailout would not only prolong the agony and trigger rampant inflation, it would eliminate the pressures for long-overdue internal reforms, and by calling for increased taxes, would accelerate the exodus of business and middle-class residents from the city.
We also sympathise with the parents of Capel Iwan who have been let down so badly by their LA, and we would never seek to prolong the agony by objecting to closure in such circumstances.
We all know why Mr Brown doesn't want a General Election, but why prolong the agony another 12 months, his Gover nment are a collection of walking corpses.
On Cardiff Council's schools reorganisation proposals THE latest proposals do absolutely nothing to alleviate the overcrowding at Treganna, they do nothing to deal with the 70+ parents in Canton who have applied for their kids to start at the school next year (which is so overcrowded it will probably only be able to admit 26, and there's no room at the Tan Yr Eos offshoot in Grangetown either) - and they absolutely prolong the agony for Lansdowne.
McLaren were stripped of all their constructors' points and fined $100 million this year for the spy saga and the February meeting had threatened to prolong the agony.
Yet the tendency has been to prolong the agony at every step along the way.
It served only to prolong the agony as one final row with Ziggy sent her packing once and for all.