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1. This is an example of an expression that has altered its spelling over time. "Not for donkey's ears" means not for a very long time and refers to the length of a donkey's ears. However, they gradually stretched from the "donkey" and turned "ears" into "years". The meaning of the expression is the same, if it does make rather less sense than the original.

2. Because donkeys tend to plod along slowly, they take a long time to complete a task or journey. Therefore, a donkey year takes a long time to elapse.
I haven't heard that one for donkey's ears.
by Osmium November 20, 2006
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Jan 26 Word of the Day
a sudden illness experienced on January 20, 2021 when you can’t go into work because you must celebrate the the swearing in of President Joe Biden & Vice-President Kamala Harris signaling the end of the 1460 day hostage situation otherwise known as the Trump Presidency & the defeat of the Potatriot Uprising of January 6, 2021.
I couldn’t go in Wednesday. I had the inauguvirus
by Sonicbo0mz January 21, 2021
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