how long is a piece of string

How long is a piece of string
If someone has no idea of the answer to a question, they can ask 'How long is a piece of string?' as a way of indicating their ignorance.

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  • how long is a piece of string? — british spoken phrase used for saying that it is impossible to answer a question about how big something is or how much time something will take ‘How long does it take for a claim to be processed?’ ‘How long is a piece of string?’ Thesaurus: ways …   Useful english dictionary

  • how long is a piece of string — see ↑string, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑long how long is a piece of string Brit informal used as a reply to a question when the answer is not known “How long will you be staying?” “How long is a piece of string?” • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • How long is a piece of string? — British & Australian something that you say when someone asks you a question that you cannot answer about how big something is or how much time something will take. So how long does a project like that take? How long s a piece of string? …   New idioms dictionary

  • how long is a piece of string —    If someone has no idea of the answer to a question, they can ask How long is a piece of string? as a way of indicating their ignorance.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • How long is a piece of string —   If someone has no idea of the answer to a question, they can ask How long is a piece of string? as a way of indicating their ignorance …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • How long is a piece of string? — this statement is said when someone asks you when something will be finnished, and it s one of those jobs that is finished when it s finished (impossible to determine a time) …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • how long is a piece of string? — Australian Slang this statement is said when someone asks you when something will be finnished, and it s one of those jobs that is finished when it s finished (impossible to determine a time) …   English dialects glossary

  • how long — 1. adjective a) what length. How long is that piece of string? b) what duration. I dont know how long the Amazon River is. 2. adverb what …   Wiktionary

  • long — long1 W1S1 [lɔŋ US lo:ŋ] adj comparative longer superlative longest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(great length)¦ 2¦(great distance)¦ 3¦(large amount of time)¦ 4¦(particular length/distance/time)¦ 5¦(writing)¦ 6¦(clothing)¦ 7¦(tiring/boring)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • long — I UK [lɒŋ] / US [lɔŋ] adjective Word forms long : adjective long comparative longer superlative longest *** 1) lasting for a large amount of time It s a long time since I saw Rachel. There was a long pause before he spoke. Many people face a long …   English dictionary

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