a relatively long period of time, especially a period of considerable effort or difficulty:We are in this for the long haul and will continue pressing for change wherever we find avenues worth the pursuit. In the long haul, he'll regret having been a college dropout. It'll be a long haul before anyone can prove that a particular chemical causes this disease.
a relatively great distance or journey: It's a long haul from Maine to Texas.
Nautical. the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively long period of time, as for winter storage or longer.
noting or relating to travel or transport of freight or passengers over relatively great distances, especially by truck or airplane: Air India's first long-haul flight to London was launched on June 8, 1948.
Pathology. relating to or being a condition characterized by symptoms or health problems that linger or first appear after supposed recovery from an associated acute illness or active infection:long-haul COVID; long-haul syndrome.
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How to use long haul in a sentence
Bringing in voiceRPA like Infinitus’s is part of that long haul to update the bigger system.Infinitus emerges from stealth with $21.4M for ‘voice RPA’ aimed at healthcare companies | Ingrid Lunden | February 4, 2021 | TechCrunch
We’re just at this moment of chaos where it’s hard to know if there’s a base that’s radicalized enough to be there for the long haul, when things start to not look very good for their side.Twitter and YouTube Banned Steve Bannon. Apple Still Gives Him Millions of Listeners. | by Lydia DePillis | January 19, 2021 | ProPublica
If it ever hits the market, it almost certainly won’t be cheap, but if we’re going to be wearing masks for the long haul, it may be an investment people are willing to make.Razer’s concept gaming chair wraps players in a huge, curved screen | Stan Horaczek | January 12, 2021 | Popular-Science
Regardless of who holds power on Capitol Hill, those like Frederick argue, “staying invested for the long haul is by far the best way to go.”It’s officially a blue wave. What that historically means for stocks | Anne Sraders | January 7, 2021 | Fortune
The sun was going down, and we were stuck, apologizing to our dogs, who deserved better after our long haul from New Mexico to the Pacific.
But on an A380 or 787 Dreamliner flying long haul, you can be trapped, rigid, in that seat for half a day.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room | Clive Irving | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Probably for the best—Disney is known for getting into legal battles for the long haul.When the Religious Right Attacked ‘The Little Mermaid’ | Asawin Suebsaeng | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Forty years and one month of remodeling later, Zane had finally readied Further for its first long-haul journey.
But what they are being asked to do is doomed to fail—at least in the long haul.
His answer was clear: “We are in it for the long haul,” Isaacs said without hesitation.Two Americans Have Now Been Diagnosed With Ebola in Record Outbreak | Kent Sepkowitz | July 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Only low-grade and long haul carload traffic can profitably be concentrated.Railroads: Rates and Regulations | William Z. Ripley
It did not love Savannah less; but it loved its own particular seaport, Pensacola, or the long haul via Louisville, more.Railroads: Rates and Regulations | William Z. Ripley
Mrs. Ericson adjusted her polaroid glasses and waved her rickshaw boy into his harness, where his thighs tensed for the long haul.The Mating of the Moons | Kenneth O'Hara
But it's a long haul to Alpha Centauri—you know that—and a tremendously expensive one.The Most Sentimental Man | Evelyn E. Smith
It was a long haul to Turkey Creek, but the caravan made it and was corralled before dark.Bring Me His Ears | Clarence E. Mulford
British Dictionary definitions for long haul
a journey over a long distance, esp one involving the transport of goods
a lengthy job
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Other Idioms and Phrases with long haul
A considerable distance over which something must travel or be carried. For example, It's a long haul from my house to yours. This usage dates from the late 1800s, as does the antonym, short haul, as in The movers charge just as much for a short haul as for a long one.
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