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I am reading an article; I am confused about this sentence:

Flying cars, long the dream of everyone in a traffic jam and a basic mode of transportation for everyone on "The Jetsons," are another automotive dream.

I cannot understand why "long" could be put in front of "the dream." Could anyone please explain the grammar in this case?

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  • It just means for a long time: Long have I dreamed of an automotive dream. Oh, I used dreams twice, not a model of good writing. – Yosef Baskin Jul 4 '17 at 3:49
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Long is an adverb here, meaning "for a long time."

An analogous construction using the more obvious adverb recently is ice cream, recently the only dessert available in the restaurant, will soon be joined by other options including cake and custard.

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