long haul

noun
haul ( def 21 ).

Origin:
1925–30

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long-haul

[lawng-hawl, long-]
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to a long haul.

Origin:
1925–30

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long haul
 
n
1.  a journey over a long distance, esp one involving the transport of goods
2.  a lengthy job

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long haul

  1. 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.

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

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Example sentences
Of course they'd need to design a tank that could store enough air to fuel a
  long haul.
Conventional wisdom says it's a business move focused on the long haul.
People of different backgrounds, she says, have more to teach one another over
  the long haul than do people who are exactly alike.
The high price of gas is not a problem that needs to be fixed, except over the
  long haul with a sensible energy policy.
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