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a long time coming

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a long time coming (not comparable)

  1. (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."

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