in the long/medium/short term
in the short/medium/long term
During a short/medium/long period of time in the future. It's an adequate solution in the short term, maybe even in the medium term, but it won't fix the problem in the long term.
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in the ˈlong/ˈmedium/ˈshort termused to describe what will happen a long/medium/short time into the future: In the short term, we can send the refugees food and clothing, but in the long term we must do something about the underlying problems. ▶ ˌlong-ˈterm, ˌshort-ˈterm adj.: a long-term approach ♢ short-term problems
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