What Does Suffer Long Mean?


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The phrase suffer long is often used to mean the idiom 'long-suffering', which means 'patiently enduring difficulties or wrongs'. It is also used as a noun to mean patient endurance. It is also used as a synonym for the term patience. As a noun it may be used to specifically refer to a patient endurance of either pain or unhappiness.

In general synonyms for this expression include the terms long-sufferance and enduring.

Other idioms which relate to the term 'suffer' include the expression 'not suffer fools (gladly)' and 'suffer the consequences'. The former refer to an unwillingness to have to deal with dim-witted individuals. The latter idiom is used to mean experiencing the end result of what you have either said or done.

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