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He was no longer in a mood to counsel fight, even though he disliked to submit.

They are no longer afraid to lie down as they may have been for a week.

Why should we tarry any longer to see everything moiled and set at nought?

His rival could no longer enjoy the boat which he had envied him.

The Maison d'Or—Paris—would no longer be what they had been.

He no longer felt the presence of anything overt between them.

I can give you an hour, if you've anything to say before it's done—not longer.

I shall be good friends with her, when you are no longer here to slander me to her.

Why should I guard it longer for him who may wed her, and whom I may never behold?

But the Holy Laws no longer needed the safe shelter of a royal shrine.

WORD ORIGIN

"that extends considerably from end to end," Old English lang "long," from Proto-Germanic *langgaz (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon lang, Old High German and German lang, Old Norse langr, Middle Dutch lanc, Dutch lang, Gothic laggs "long").

The Germanic words are perhaps from PIE *dlonghos- (cf. Latin longus, Old Persian darga-, Persian dirang, Sanskrit dirghah, Greek dolikhos "long," Greek endelekhes "perpetual," Latin indulgere "to indulge"), from root *del- "long."

The adverb is from Old English lange, longe, from the adjective. No longer "not as formerly" is from c.1300; to be not long for this world "soon to die" is from 1714.

The word illustrates the Old English tendency for short "a" to become short "o" before -n- (also retained in bond/band and West Midlands dialectal lond from land and hond from hand).

Long vowels (c.1000) originally were pronounced for an extended time. Sporting long ball is from 1744, originally in cricket. Long jump as a sporting event is attested from 1864. A ship's long-boat so called from 1510s. Long knives, name Native Americans gave to white settlers (originally in Virginia/Kentucky) is from 1774. Long in the tooth (1841 of persons) is from horses showing age by recession of gums. Long time no see, imitative of American Indian speech, is first recorded 1900. To be long on something, "have a lot" of it, is from 1900, American English slang.

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