long haul

noun

plural long hauls
1
: a long distance
New England ski areas are a long haul—12 to 15 hours by car—for Pittsburgh area skiers.Lawrence Walsh
The existing system of alternating-current (AC) power lines is not robust enough to carry power from these centers to consumers everywhere and would lose too much energy over long hauls.Ken Zweibel et al.
2
: a considerable period of time : long run
usually used in the phrases for the long haul, over the long haul, and in the long haul
Honest, open and relaxed, they are clearly a couple planning for the long haul.Tom Seligson
Over the long haul, though, ecosystems can sequester significant amounts of carbon.Sid Perkins
Treasury bills pay next to nothing in real terms over the long haul.Richard C. Morais
A good stock will have its bad days, weeks, and even years, but in the long haul, its performance will closely match the performance of the business.Alex Dumortier
long-haul adjective
long-haul truckers
Boeing has configured the long-haul Dreamliner with eight seats across in the coach section, with an option for nine. Bill Saporito

see also long-hauler

Examples of long haul in a Sentence

Driving across the country would be a long haul. growing up in suburban New England, I used to think the 10 miles between our house and the mall was a long haul
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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of long haul was in 1839

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“Long haul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long%20haul. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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