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    long-drawn-out

    The war between these two countries has been long-drawn-out and episodic.


    What does `long-drawn-out' mean in this sentence?
    Also, I think, here episodic means events happening sometime.


    Please explain it.

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    Re: long-drawn-out

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    The war between these two countries has been long-drawn-out and episodic.


    What does `long-drawn-out' mean in this sentence?
    Also, I think, here episodic means events happening sometime.


    Please explain it.
    long-drawn-out
    adjective
    Definition:
    prolonged: going on for an undesirably long period of time

    For episodic, see the following website:

    episodic definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta


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    Re: long-drawn-out

    Hi,
    It means it has been going on for a long time, but sometimes it stops for a while.

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    Re: long-drawn-out

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    The war between these two countries has been long-drawn-out and episodic.


    What does `long-drawn-out' mean in this sentence?
    Also, I think, here episodic means events happening sometime.


    Please explain it.
    Long-drawn-out means that it lasted for a long time though never stopped. It was just prolonged or protracted.

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