An activity that continues for an extended period of time: phonathon; talkathon.
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a combining form extracted from marathon, having the general sense “an event, as a sale or contest, drawn out to unusual length, often until a prearranged goal is reached”: walkathon; readathon; bikeathon; workathon. Compare -thon.
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