long-winded

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Figurative, from long + winded

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long-winded (comparative more long-winded, superlative most long-winded)

  1. Tediously long in speaking; consuming much time; unnecessarily verbose.
    • He launched into a long-winded discussion of the relative merits of asphalt and concrete.
    • 1988, Andrew Radford, chapter 8, Transformational grammar: a first course, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, page 403:
      But which analysis is the right one? Well, as in any serious field of research, the consequences of making different assumptions about a particular phenomenon are often so complex and far-reaching that the full implications of the decision to adopt one analysis rather than another are not always immediately apparent. Thatʼs a rather long-winded way of saying that itʼs not always obvious what the right answer is!

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