on the long finger

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on the long finger

In a state of postponement or procrastination. (Used especially in the phrase "put something on the long finger.") Primarily heard in Ireland. It looks like increased funding for education has been left on the long finger by the Dáil yet again. I've been meaning to send in my college applications, but I keep putting it on the long finger.
See also: finger, long, on
References in classic literature ?
The long fingers of the sun touched their foreheads.
I was just settling in to begin photographing the hundreds of beautiful pelicans that formed a solid line across the long finger of sand bar when the entire flock took off en masse, did a great 360 degree circle and landed almost exactly in the same spot.
I think that's where the line is maybe when you get older - it's about maybe giving to other parts of your life that are coming quicker towards you rather than being on the long finger at 26 when you're not too worried about 34 and what you've to do in three or four years time.
The ring finger was observed to be the most prevalent trigger finger, followed by the thumb, and then the long finger.
22) Likewise, resistance of the long finger proximal interphalangeal joint (IPJ) to flexion--a maneuver performed with elbow fully extended--assesses compression from the fibrous arcade of the flexor digitorum superficialis (FDS).
Despite a vow by Enda Kenny that the paper would be published by December, the Taoiseach admitted the time frame won't be reached and it could be put on the long finger by the Cabinet.
So they put the project on the long finger and do nothing.
Ms Harney insisted it would take months to prepare new legislation but dismissed suggestions she was putting the divisive issue on the long finger.
Navan rail line is not put on the long finger despite reports to the contrary .
And as ever, it is the long finger that is directing them.
Then the long finger, which can bend in any direction, snakes into the hole and plucks out the treat.
The Shamrock Rovers midfielder is playing through the pain barrier and is determined to put an operation on the long finger.
However, Harrington's successor in the Dublin hot seat, Andy Kettle (left), has now told Sunday Mirror Sport that a lack of financial resources means they've had to put the project on the long finger.
All that is on the long finger," insists Alfie, one of Irish League's most polished defenders during hugely rewarding times with Glentoran and Portadown.