take a long, hard look at (something)

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take a long, hard look at (something)

To examine something very closely and thoroughly. After the data breach, the company is going to have to take a long hard look at their security measures. If you think that kind of behavior is OK, you need to take a long hard look at your ethics.
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take a long (cool/hard) ˈlook at something

think about a problem or possibility very carefully: After taking a long hard look at the cost of employing an extra person, we decided against it.We need to take a long look at the plan before we make a decision.
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