Idioms are a great way to sound more natural when you are speaking English. Each country usually has their own idioms. However, British English has lots of strange idioms that are confusing at first, but are really fun when you understand them. Idioms are a great way to express a difficult idea in an easy way and can often be funny at the same time.
What does “for donkey’s years” mean?
The key phrase here is “for donkeys years” and it is a bit of a strange expression. It basically means for a long time. I’m not sure what donkey’s have to do with the passage of time, but that’s besides the point.
We usually use it as the answer to a questions that starts with how long. You can also skip the years part and just say “for donkeys” and people will still understand what you mean.
It is a casual phrase, but it is not offensive so you can use it whenever you like. However, this phrase is only common in the UK. English speakers from other countries might not be familiar with this expression. In other words, be careful where you use this phrase.
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How Do you use “For Donkey’s years”?
A good way to understand idioms is to see examples of them in use. Therefore, here are some examples of sentences which use this idiom:
- I’ve been learning English for donkey’s years
- He has been working here for donkeys.
- I bet you have been practicing karate for donkeys years.
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