long haul

noun
plural long hauls

Definition of long haul

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 SeligsonOver the long haul, though, ecosystems can sequester significant amounts of carbon.— Sid PerkinsTreasury bills pay next to nothing in real terms over the long haul.— Richard C. MoraisA 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

— see also long-hauler

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Other Words from long haul

long-haul \ ˈlȯŋ-​ˌhȯl How to pronounce long haul (audio) \ 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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web While some machetes are designed to swing through grass, or lop off limbs, a heavy-brush blade needs to be built for the long haul. Outdoor Life, "The Best Machete to Cut, Slash, and Bash through Anything," 19 Feb. 2021 Designed with sustainable luxury in mind, Victoria Beckham Beauty (VBB) is in it for the long haul. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria Beckham on Why She's Passionate About Clean and Sustainable Beauty," 19 Feb. 2021 Buying a car within your budget and keeping it for the long haul still make the most financial sense. Will Kaufman, Star Tribune, "Edmunds: Whatever happened to car subscription services?," 3 Feb. 2021 Today writes that Victor Glover became the first Black astronaut to move into the International Space Station for a long haul stay. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: After smashing wildfire records, 2020 is delivering historic hurricanes," 20 Nov. 2020 Sofman hopes that Waymo’s new truck testing grounds in Dallas will open the door to more long haul trials as the trucks shuttle back and forth between an existing testing facility in Phoenix. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Inside Waymo’s autonomous trucks and A.I. systems," 13 Oct. 2020 Norwegian, which made a splash with its low-cost long haul operations, will scale back that service and is talking to lessors to pare down its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets. Mikael Holter, Bloomberg.com, "Norwegian Air Seeks More Funds as Insolvency Threat Looms," 29 Aug. 2020 DeLoach says the murders occurred in the early morning hours of Wednesday after the kids' father, a long haul trucker, had left to drive to Georgia. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Fla. Mom Finds Sons, 12 and 14, Brutally Killed with Hammer and Knife After She Wakes Up," 28 Aug. 2020 The strategy of investing in Asian and Gulf markets for the long haul bore dividends. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "The 'Sweat' you drink: Inside the meteoric rise of Asia's answer to Gatorade," 1 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of long haul

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Long haul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long%20haul. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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long haul

noun

English Language Learners Definition of long haul

: a long journey or distance
chiefly US : a long period of time

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