short run


Definition of short run 

: a relatively brief period of time often used in the phrase in the short run

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short-run \ˈshȯrt-ˌrən \ adjective

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In the short run, tariffs may force U.S. brands to move some of their production overseas and result in layoffs among European or Chinese companies directly affected by tariffs. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "As Trump’s trade war kicks off, Europe celebrates tariff-hit Harley-Davidson," 6 July 2018 Consequently, property values will decline, in the short run around 10 percent and in the long run around 30 percent. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Real estate expert talks about potential impact of rent control," 12 July 2018 But at least in the short run, one cost is higher uncertainty. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, "One cost of trade tensions: economic uncertainty," 17 May 2018 While addressing one of the state's most pressing challenges — reducing greenhouse gas emissions — the requirements seem to exacerbate, at least in the short run, another: the increasingly high cost of housing. Andrew Khouri,, "California heads toward requiring solar panels on all new houses," 8 May 2018 To be sure, expanding trade hurts some people in the short run, especially those in import-competing sectors who have to find new jobs. N. Gregory Mankiw, New York Times, "Why Economists Are Worried About International Trade," 16 Feb. 2018 That may be true in the short term (although a number of studies, by Just Capital and others, suggest socially responsible companies outperform even in the short run). Alan Murray, Fortune, "Amazon Effect, Novartis Spin-Off, California's GDPR-Lite: CEO Daily for June 29, 2018," 29 June 2018 In the short run, peacekeeping missions limit the amount of violence. Håvard Hegre, Washington Post, "U.N. peacekeeping really can be effective. Here’s how we tabulated this.," 28 June 2018 The short run had little negative impact on the sisters’ success. Saba Imtiaz, Marie Claire, "Meet the Kardashians of the Middle East," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of short run

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of short run was in 1879

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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