Kathleen-mavourneen meaning

(used attributively) Indefinite; which may not have an end for years, if ever.

A Kathleen Mavourneen loan: a loan which may not be repaid for years, if ever.

A Kathleen Mavourneen parting: a parting of two people who may not see each other again for years, if ever.

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Origin of kathleen-mavourneen

With reference to a popular Irish ballad, Kathleen Mavourneen, which includes the line “It may be for years, and it may be forever.”