In the TV series The Chase, presenter Bradley Walsh frequently uses the phrase 'all day long'. In the situations when he uses it, I would expect 'perfect' or 'dead right'. Is that a meaning for 'all day long', and if so, where is it from? I am an English teacher and I had never heard this usage until I first watched the programme about 3 months ago.

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    "All day long" is a common idiom which literally means what it says -- the activity went on all day. But it is sometimes used to mean that some concept that has been stated is considered reliably true -- it was true this morning, it's true now, and it will be true tonight.
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 9, 2017 at 17:43
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"all day long" is a very affirmative expression. if someone who loved jelly beans were asked, "would you like a free delivery of jelly beans?", that person could easily respond, "all day long." similarly, someone who enjoyed festivities, when asked if she might like to attend a party that night, could answer, "all day long," which, rather than showing literal accuracy, would impart a level of enthusiasm.

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    Hello, john. ELU prefers answers backed by supporting evidence; answers lacking such may just be opinion. Jun 9, 2017 at 19:40
  • Yes, Edwin… and though Hot Licks's and john fremont's Comments make perfact sense, in 60 years I've never noticed anyone saying all day long, nor anything like it. the closest things I can think of are all the life-long day and at the end of the day and I don't think either has even a similar, let alone the same meaning Jun 10, 2017 at 20:06
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    This answer, as informative as it is, could be improved by a link to a source that supports its claim. Oct 30, 2017 at 20:13

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