long drawn out for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD also long-drawn-out
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A long drawn out process or conflict lasts an unnecessarily long time or an unpleasantly long time. ⇒ A long drawn out war would likely deepen and prolong the recession. ⇒ ...a long drawn out election campaign.
It felt like the opening wager in what mightprove to be a long drawn out and possibly bloody game.Sue Welfare FALLEN WOMENBut Rogers, reaching for the phone, still had was long drawn out and furious.Kippax, Frank THE SCAROur experiments, usually long drawn out and sometimes unavoidably unpleasant, are another.Asimov, Isaac THE COMPLETE STORIES VOLUME 2