At Length

Meaning of Idiom ‘At Length’

At length means in full detail, for a long time. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. 2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.

Usage

The idiom is used in regards to speaking or writing about a subject.

Examples:

“The CEO talked at length about the company’s ideology but managed to say nothing about its prospects.”

“We have discussed the proposal at length but we are no closer to making a decision.”

Origin

Used since the 1500’s.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
2. Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.