long haul

[ lawng-hawl, long ]
/ ˈlɔŋ ˈhɔl, ˈlɒŋ /
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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.
adjective Usually long-haul .
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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Origin of long haul

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for long haul

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

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.


A considerable length of time, an extended period, as in This investment is one for the long haul. It is often put as over the long haul, as in Over the long haul we needn't worry about production. [c. 1930] Also see in the long run.

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