Example sentences of "to [be] [vb pp] a long [noun sg] " in BNC.

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1 Toby seemed to be gone a long time , but I was n't measuring time very accurately .
2 A few of us may become angry , but most of us have to be pushed a long way before we abandon our normal passivity .
3 We were pleased to be awarded a long term contract from BP for integrated engineering services on their Magnus , Thistle and Miller platforms .
4 It either comes from the river beds or is scraped from rock ( tufa ) higher up the mountain — either way it has to be carried a long way over steep slopes .
5 But because the new craft will broadcast at a high power , they will have to be spaced a long way apart so that TV sets in , say , Canada do not receive signals meant for the US .
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