for a coon's age = in a coon's age
a very long time – North American informal
1951 - William Styron - Lie Down in Darkness - I haven't seen him in a coon's age.
Related Idioms :
cool as a cucumber
perfectly cool or self-possessed
1992 - Randall Kenan - Let the Dead Bury Their Dead - How many men do you know, black or white, could bluff, cool as a cucumber, caught butt-naked in bed with a damn whore?
cool your heels
be kept waiting
A British variant of this is kick your heels.
a gone coon
a person or thing in desperate straits or as good as dead - US informal
Coon in these idioms is an informal abbreviation of raccoon. Raccoons were hunted for their fur and a gone coon was one that had been cornered so that it could not escape.
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