a long way


: a great distance
Their house is a long way (away) from here.
She went a long way to see him.
often used figuratively in various phrases
These changes will go a long way toward/towards making the system more efficient.
We've done a lot of work already, but we have a long way to go.

Examples of a long way in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Musk has a long way to go to catch up to the most innovative robot companies like Boston Dynamics, which just recently retired the hydraulic version of its robot Atlas to devote time to an electric version. Matt Novak / Gizmodo, Quartz, 6 May 2024 And giving fans in other parts of the state a chance to watch — maybe one game per week or month over-the-air — would go a long way in bringing some goodwill. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 6 May 2024 And the little things, such as showing up on time and making sure your paperwork is filled out, can go a long way toward building the provider-patient relationship, Mills says. Carly Weeks, TIME, 6 May 2024 There is a long way to go before Oruna is found liable. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 5 May 2024 The next few months and years will go a long way to answering that question. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 4 May 2024 That means the Tories could have a long way to fall back. Mark Landler, New York Times, 3 May 2024 And, frankly, the Timberwolves’ success in this series with Nori patrolling the sidelines would probably go a long way in those efforts. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 3 May 2024 But if the past is any guide, that day is a long way off. Joel Rose, NPR, 2 May 2024

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“A long way.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20long%20way. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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