Donkey's years

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British pronunciation/dˈɒŋkɪz jˈiəz/
American pronunciation/dˈɑːŋkɪz jˈɪɹz/
donkey's years
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a long period of time

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What is the origin of the idiom "donkey's years" and when to use it?

The exact origin of the idiom "donkey's years" is unclear, as it has been in use for quite some time. However, it is believed to have originated in British English during the early 20th century. It is often employed in informal conversations or written expressions to emphasize the duration since a particular event, occurrence, or interaction. It can be used to describe personal experiences, think about good past memories, or comment on the passage of time.

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I've known him for donkey's years, we go way back.
They will be traveling for donkey's years, exploring different countries.
We worked together for donkey's years before he retired.
I will have known her for donkey's years by the time we reach that milestone.
They have been waiting for their turn in line for donkey's years.
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