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1  —as in:
ran her first marathon
Definition a footrace of 26 miles 385 yards
  • She is training to run in the Boston Marathon.
marathon = a footrace of 26 miles 385 yards
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It has a screen with a programmable vista: You can jog through the woods, or run the New York Marathon.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • marathon = a footrace of 26 miles 385 yards
  • Louie had to move so slowly that he couldn't lose the marathon walker creeping along beside him.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • marathon = a footrace of 26 miles 385 yards
  • Perhaps bystanders in the latter stages of a marathon.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • marathon = long race
  • Like a marathoner winning a race.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • His breathing was even — like the fixed tempo of a marathoner.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • It's a doozy, an allegorical gem, and Clarence lays it out sweet and long and full of relish, about how he was coming up past the statue of Johnny Kelley, the ancient Boston marathoner who won the race in the 1930s and ran it into the 1990s ("a hard, 'never say die' old coot, that Kelly") and "I look over and this woman is running alongside me."
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen

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2  —as in:
a six-hour marathon meeting
Definition any long and arduous undertaking
  • This week will be a marathon. I'm going to see seven clients in three cities.
marathon = any long and arduous undertaking
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In fact, on the Wednesday I made the acquaintance of Augustus Waters, I tried my level best to get out of Support Group while sitting on the couch with my mom in the third leg of a twelve-hour marathon of the previous season's America's Next Top Model, which admittedly I had already seen, but still.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • marathon = of especially long duration
  • Please record the next several episodes of the ANTM marathon for me.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • marathon = of especially long duration
  • Sometimes, close to the end of the marathon of sleep, he spoke.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
marathon = long period

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