What one means when he says I work long hours?

Does it mean that he works for many hours as I suspect?

  • Yes. The speaker works more hours at a time than most people do, or that the speaker is accustomed to working. It refers to a habitual practice, unless a specific time period is mentioned, as in 'I work long hours this week', for example.
    – user6951
    Commented Jan 17, 2015 at 9:00

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Long hours is an idiom. If you work long hours, it means that you work for a period of time that is longer than the usual, regular, or routine for a given activity. In other words, it may mean overtime.

Here is the entry for this idiom on TheFreeDictionary:

long hours - A longer than usual or customary period of time for a given activity

The example follows: worked long hours to finish the project on time.

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