long haul

[ lawng-hawl, long ]
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  1. 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.

  2. a relatively great distance or journey: It's a long haul from Maine to Texas.

  1. Nautical. the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively long period of time, as for winter storage or longer.

adjectiveUsually long-haul .
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Origin of long haul

First recorded in 1925–30

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British Dictionary definitions for long haul

long haul

  1. a journey over a long distance, esp one involving the transport of goods

  2. a lengthy job

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Other Idioms and Phrases with long haul

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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