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Long-distance race. The standard marathon is 42.2km (26.2mi) long, which was the distance run by the ancient Greek soldier who brought news to Athens of victory over the Persians at the...

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marathon

Morton S. Freeman.

in A New Dictionary of Eponyms

January 1997; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 243 words.

A marathon is any kind of activity that goes on at great length or any test of endurance. In fact,

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Marathon

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 79 words.

in ancient Greece, the scene of a victory over the Persians in 490 bc; the modern marathon race (strictly one of 26 miles 38 yards or 42.195 km.) is based on the tradition that a messenger...

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marathon

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2016; p ublished online September 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 125 words.

the name of the long-distance race and, by extension, a word for any lengthy or difficult task or undertaking, is

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marathon

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 135 words.

1 This now familiar word for a long-distance race and, by extension, for any other long-drawn-out test of endurance, was introduced in the first revived Olympic Games at Athens...

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marathoner

in New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary

January 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 133 words.

• Catriona • ironer • questioner • gardener, hardener, pardoner • deadener • widener • Londoner • stiffener •

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marathon

in New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary

January 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 118 words.

• Melanchthon • lengthen, strengthen • Nathan • Elizabethan, Ethan • Phaethon • python • leviathan • Jonathan

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marathon

in Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes

January 2007; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 118 words.

• Melanchthon • lengthen, strengthen • Nathan • Elizabethan, Ethan • Phaethon • python • leviathan • Jonathan

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marathoner

in Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes

January 2007; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 133 words.

• Catriona • ironer • questioner • gardener, hardener, pardoner • deadener • widener • Londoner • stiffener •

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marathon

Edited by Robert Allen.

in Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 123 words.

the name of the long-distance race and, by extension, a word for any lengthy or difficult task or undertaking, is

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Marathon

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 47 words.

name of the place at which the Athenians defeated the Persians in 490 b.c., applied to a long-distance foot-race

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marathons n. (drugs)

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 36 words.

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Hit the wall

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 51 words.

In marathon running, to reach the point of extreme fatigue at which the body's stores of energy are virtually exhausted.

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Telethon

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 72 words.

A mammoth television programme, or ‘television marathon’, especially one designed to raise money for charity. Telethons have been broadcast on

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Catfish Row n. (US)

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 228 words.

an area of a town in which the black population live.

[1914 Ade ‘The New Fable of the Marathon

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carbo-load v. (US campus)

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 90 words.

to ingest carbohydrates; spec. to drink beer.

2002 Boston Phoenix 12 Sept. [Internet] The Boston Marathon […] also provides an

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flip-flop n. (US)

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 51 words.

a trick, a gimmick.

1914 Ade ‘The New Fable of the Marathon in the Mud’ in Ade's Fables 294: The

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Pheidippides (d. 490 bc)

Edited by Elizabeth Knowles.

in Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

January 2014; p ublished online September 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 40 words.

Greetings, we win!

dying words, having run back to Athens from Marathon with news of victory over the Persians

Lucian

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Pheidippides (d. 490 bc)

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online September 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 40 words.

Greetings, we win!

dying words, having run back to Athens from Marathon with news of victory over the Persians

Lucian

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Pheidippides (d. 490 bc)

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online September 2017 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 40 words.

Greetings, we win!

dying words, having run back to Athens from Marathon with news of victory over the Persians

Lucian

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Pheidippides (d. 490 bc)

Edited by Susan Ratcliffe.

in Oxford Essential Quotations

P ublished online September 2018 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 40 words.

Greetings, we win!

dying words, having run back to Athens from Marathon with news of victory over the Persians

Lucian

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