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  • adjective Protracted, made to take a longer period of time than necessary.

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  • adjective (used of speech) uttered slowly with prolonged vowels
  • adjective relatively long in duration; tediously protracted


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  • Those are not the moves of an executive embarking on a long and drawn-out rebuilding program.

    Rebuilding process in Kansas City begins with Cassel at helm 2009

  • Ms. Brown cites Boeing's decision to settle with its union and avoid a drawn-out legal battle with the NLRB as "proof" that criticism of the NLRB's intervention by right-wing lawmakers was unethical and a waste of time.

    Boeing: Private Sector Loses Again 2011

  • It took russia longer to bring inflation down because of the drawn-out way in which successive governments reduced their spending.

    The Return Daniel Treisman 2011

  • Gingrich's poll numbers have lagging and the drawn-out contest he previously advocated for increasingly looks like it could be his undoing.

    Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri results – live 2012

  • Allowing this drawn-out saga to come to an end sooner rather than later may not be the popular thing to do.

    Time to End the KEB Saga Se Young Lee 2011

  • Lucy was curious, too, but not nearly enough to sit through some long, drawn-out lunch and presentation.

    A Stitch Before Dying Anne Canadeo 2011

  • De Soto and his captains are probably concluding that this is going to be a long and drawn-out affair.

    Fire The Sky W. Michael Gear 2011

  • Amanda greets her with a drawn-out “Hiii!” when she comes in, and hands her a check immediately, then disappears upstairs again.

    The Kitchen Daughter Jael McHenry 2011

  • “It would be worse than embarrassing,” he wrote, “if you should get tied into drawn-out conversations which would in the long run prove unsuccessful.”

    Eisenhower 1956 David A. Nichols 2011

  • It is a conflict that continues despite the culmination last week of the first, long, drawn-out stage of Egypt's electoral transformation with the third round of voting for a lower house which will pick an assembly to rewrite the country's constitution ahead of presidential elections.

    Egypt: one year on, the young heroes of Tahrir Square feel a chill wind 2012


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