Obtaining an elapsed-time sorted list of Unix processes from a shell

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I would like to obtain a sorted list of processes, sorted by elapsed time. I am aware of ps -o etime etc, but how exactly do i sort by a field with format [[dd]:[hh]]mm:ss ? Or is there a different way altogether to ask the OS to return a sorted list of processes, sorted by elapsed time? Thanks.

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