by a long measure
I'd like to ask about the meaning of the phrase "by a long measure" in the following passage.
But people absorbed the news with surprise and resignation. Which was a little dissapointing, curiously enough. It would have made Jopale feel more secure about his solution -- more optimistic by a long measure -- if what he was doing caused pointed hatred in the people that he was prepared to leave behind.
Does "more optimistic by a long measure" mean "more optimistic for a long time"?
Re: by a long measure
Originally Posted by KLPNO
No, normally it means 'much much more optimistic', but the English in your piece is very stilted and it might be that the author intends something different.
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