a long time coming
- (set phrase) In process, delayed, awaited, or deserved for a considerable duration of time; overdue.
- 1870, Wilkie Collins, chapter 10, in Man and Wife:
- "The water is a long time coming. Try another glass of wine."
- 1912, Edith Wharton, chapter 11, in The Reef:
- "Your letter was a long time coming. I had waited a week—ten days."
- 1968 Nov. 15, "World: The Moment of Truth," Time (retrieved 21 April 2015):
- The breakthrough in the Paris talks was a long time coming.
- 2007 Feb. 22, Christopher Clarey, "Tennis: Next time, she will get equal pay," New York Times (retrieved 21 April 2015):
- It has been a long time coming—39 years to be exact—but women's tennis players will receive prize money equal to the men's at Wimbledon this year.
- 2009 Sep. 9, Chris Johnson, "Liverpool fan Michael Shields free with royal pardon," Click Liverpool (UK) (retrieved 21 April 2015):
- "It's been such a long time coming but finally justice has been done, and an innocent man can be allowed to get on with the rest of his life."