Take a long time

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Definition

to take (a long) time: to need (a long) time, to be (very) slow
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Does it take a long time to drive to Boston from here? Is the journey time more than an hour?
It's taking a long time for the pizza to arrive. We ordered it over an hour ago and it still hasn't arrived.

(it) takes hours (to do...): (doing something) requires a lot of time
idiom

Examples

  • "'Then why did it take you so long to come and see me?' asked the doctor."
  • "This won't take long."
  • "Stephanie : Well, they do have a very slow metabolism, and it takes them hours to digest."
  • "I don't expect it will take us too long to make another order."
  • "We have a new sales staff made up of bright young executives, and it takes time to train them, it's as simple as that."
  • "Icarus : Well that shouldn't take you too long."

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