in the long run


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in the long run

finally Good management in the long run brought improved conditions for the workers.
Opposite of: in the short run
See also: long, run

in the long/short run

a long or short time in the future It means spending a bit now, but in the long run it'll save us a lot of money. Although prices may rise in the short run, they should begin to fall again by the end of the year.
See also: long, run

in the long run

Over a lengthy period of time, in the end. For example, He realized that in the long run, their argument wouldn't seem so awful. This expression, which originated as at the long run in the early 1600s, presumably alludes to a runner who continues on his course to the end. Economist John Maynard Keynes used it in a much-quoted quip about economic planning: "In the long run we are all dead." The antonym, in the short run, meaning "over a short period of time," dates only from the 1800s. The novelist George Eliot used both in a letter (October 18, 1879): "Mrs. Healy's marriage is surely what you expected in the long or short run."
See also: long, run