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How long is "a while"?
"You'll have to wait a while" usually means "You'll have to wait a long time."
Vam asks a very good question about the phrase a while.
Often the verb take is used with a while to show reluctance or difficulty in doing something:
In fact, it took a while for anyone to find the error.
You'll get used to it, but it might take a while.
It has taken a while for them to respond.
You can also use the verb to be:
He's working on it now, but it might be a while before he's done.
You're welcome to wait, but it might be a while.
It's been a while since I worked there.
A while also commonly follows prepositions:
I'll be back in a while.
It will be stored at my house for a while.
We left the party after a while.
Quite often modifies while:
I haven't had steak in quite a while!