at great length

*at great length
for a long period of time. (*Typically: explain \at great length; question someone \at great length; speak \at great length.) •

The lawyer questioned the witness at great length.

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{prep. phr.} 1. In great detail. * /Jim told us the story of his life at great length./ 2. For a long time. * /The boring speaker rambled on at great length./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • at great length — {prep. phr.} 1. In great detail. * /Jim told us the story of his life at great length./ 2. For a long time. * /The boring speaker rambled on at great length./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at\ great\ length — prep. phr. 1. In great detail. Jim told us the story of his life at great length. 2. For a long time. The boring speaker rambled on at great length …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at great length — at ( great/some/) length phrase for a long time and with a lot of detail Austin was questioned at length by detectives. The matter will be discussed at greater length this evening. Thesaurus: existing or continuing for a long timesynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • length — W2S2 [leŋθ] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(size)¦ 2¦(time)¦ 3¦(books/films etc)¦ 4 run/stretch/walk etc the (full) length of something 5 shoulder length/knee length etc 6 go to some/great/any lengths (to do something) 7 at (some/great etc) length 8 the length and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Length — (l[e^]ngth), n. [OE. lengthe, AS. leng[eth], fr. lang, long, long; akin to D. lengte, Dan. l[ae]ngde, Sw. l[ a]ngd, Icel. lengd. See {Long}, a. ] 1. The longest, or longer, dimension of any object, in distinction from {breadth} or {width}; extent …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • length´i|ness — length|y «LEHNGK thee, LEHNG », adjective, length|i|er, length|i|est. 1. a) having unusually great length; long. b) (of speeches, a speaker, a writer, or the like) too long; long winded; tedious: »His directions were so le …   Useful english dictionary

  • length´i|ly — length|y «LEHNGK thee, LEHNG », adjective, length|i|er, length|i|est. 1. a) having unusually great length; long. b) (of speeches, a speaker, a writer, or the like) too long; long winded; tedious: »His directions were so le …   Useful english dictionary

  • length|y — «LEHNGK thee, LEHNG », adjective, length|i|er, length|i|est. 1. a) having unusually great length; long. b) (of speeches, a speaker, a writer, or the like) too long; long winded; tedious: »His directions were so le …   Useful english dictionary

  • length — n. 1) at length (she described each event at great length) 2) in length (ten feet in length) 3) (misc.) to keep smb. at arm s length ( to keep smb. at a certain distance ); to go to great lengths to do smt. ( to make a great effort to do smt. ) * …   Combinatory dictionary

  • length — noun 1 distance from one end to the other ADJECTIVE ▪ entire, full, maximum, whole ▪ There is a maximum length of 2 500 words. ▪ A long veranda runs the whole length of the building …   Collocations dictionary

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