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1. A difficult task that requires a lot of time and energy to complete. It's going to be a long haul before I have this car up and running. It needs a lot of work.
2. A long distance or journey. Jill knows that obtaining a PhD is going to be tough, but she said she's in it for the long haul. It's a long haul to Fresno, but if we take turns driving it shouldn't be so bad.
1. adjective (typically hyphenated and used before a noun) Of, covering, or requiring only a short distance or period of time. I've found that it's actually cheaper to fly into Seattle and then catch a short-haul flight up to British Columbia from there.
2. noun A rather short distance. The bus will take us most of the way to grandma's house, and then it's just a short haul from the station.
3. noun A short length or period of time. Congress approved funding to cover the country's debt for the short haul, but a more permanent solution will have to be reached before the December 31 deadline.
over the long hauland in the long haul; in the long run
Fig. long term; over a long period of time. over the long haul, this model will prove best. This will last in the 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 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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a long haul
COMMON If you say a task or course of action will be a long haul, you mean that it will need a lot of time and effort. Note: A haul in the following expressions means a journey. Repairing the economy will be a long haul. The bank and its president face a long haul to rebuild their reputation. Note: If you say that you are in something for the long haul, you mean that you intend to continue doing it until it is finished. This project isn't a short-term thing. We're in it for the long haul.
over the long haulmainly AMERICAN
COMMON If you talk about the effect or result that something has over the long haul, you are talking about its effect over a long period of time. Note: A haul in the following expressions means a journey. The smart economic message for the nation is that careful leadership, coupled with patience, will accomplish more over the long haul. It's an investment that should pay off over the long haul.