over the long haul

long haul

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.
See also: haul, long

over the long haul

 and 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.
See also: haul, long

over the long haul

mainly 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.
See also: haul, long