coon's age


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coon's age

(ko͞onz)
n. Slang
A long time.
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coon's age

n
slang US a long time
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coon's′ age`


n.
Informal.
a long period of time.
[1835–45, Amer.]
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References in classic literature ?
Lord, I ain't had a smoke of decent tobacco or a cup of decent coffee in a coon's age. I've forgotten what a square meal tastes like.
"For example, Joe Cabot originally uses the phrase 'in a coon's age', a US term referring to a racoon's life span, when he is talking about an old address book.
and found it the most delicious frozen dinner I had in a 'coon's age.' I just had to write and tell you how much I enjoyed it and that I will definitely buy some more.