Definition of long haul in English:

long haul


  • 1A long distance (in reference to the transport of goods or passengers)

    [as modifier] ‘a long-haul flight’
    • ‘You may once have sat next to an accountant on a long-haul flight to Auckland.’
    • ‘She said she had barely heard of the Digital Hub when a passenger on a long-haul flight from the US told her about it.’
    • ‘The rise means that passengers on long-haul flights are now paying an extra £60.’
    • ‘The long-haul flight, palm-fringed beach and the gentle surf create, after all, the one true image of the contemporary good life.’
    • ‘The favourite long-haul destinations are Orlando, Barbados, Montego Bay, Dubai, New York and Washington.’
    • ‘Once in my seat I started to behave like a passenger on a long-haul flight.’
    • ‘It's a great way to pass time if you're ever stuck with nothing to do on a long-haul flight.’
    • ‘On a long-haul flight, flight attendants warm the food for passengers' convenience.’
    • ‘There was a sense of freedom, that feeling you get when you sit next to someone on a long-haul flight, knowing that you don't ever have to see them again.’
    • ‘He is also looking into the possibility of integrated tickets whereby you can buy a taxi ticket as part of a long-haul bus or train ticket.’
    • ‘Only long-haul truckers and holiday makers use the tolled roads.’
    • ‘This was partly offset by an increase in the cost of large jet charters for long-haul flights.’
    • ‘Was it due to the short trip, for which we paid less than a long-haul flight?’
    • ‘Whether it's brushing your teeth or fastening your seatbelt ready for a long-haul flight, you trust in the scientific method.’
    • ‘The move comes in the week that British Airways announced it would be increasing fuel surcharges on its long-haul flights.’
    • ‘With the main hotel booking office badly located and poorly signposted, organising a room on the hoof after a long-haul flight could break you.’
    • ‘If it's a long-haul flight I might open the laptop and do a spot of work.’
    • ‘Sources said the pilot took action not after just one incident but on the basis of the star's behaviour throughout the long-haul flight.’
    • ‘He says the snacks and dishes have been selected after taking into account the needs of the long-haul flight.’
    • ‘Back in the airport, I'm far from impressed when I check in for my long-haul flight to Amsterdam.’
    journey, trip, expedition, safari, odyssey
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    1. 1.1A prolonged and difficult effort or task.
      ‘implementing the White Paper is likely to be a long haul’
      • ‘She is respected, popular, decisive, unwilling to compromise her principles and in for the long haul.’
      • ‘Barring exile, however, it seems like the only thing to do is to settle in for the long haul.’
      • ‘There is about three years' worth of ice engulfing the top part, so we could be in for the long haul here.’
      • ‘It can be as much as 5 per cent at either end, which, unless you are in for the long haul, is quite penal.’
      • ‘Even if it were in for the long haul, the consortium would have plenty of options.’
      • ‘I think that members of the New Zealand public know we are in for the long haul.’
      • ‘When you are in it for the long haul, your strategy must utilize long-term efforts.’
      • ‘The thing to remember is that, as a long-term investor, you're in for the long haul.’
      • ‘I have absolutely no doubt it's about my intentions to stay in for the long haul.’
      • ‘Some hope for rescue, while others take steps to dig in for the long haul.’
      • ‘When it invests in new electronics applications, GM is usually in for the long haul.’
      • ‘Start-ups can be difficult and, ideally, you want someone who's in for the long haul.’
      • ‘While continuing to drive home its message to the public, it must start to dig in for the long haul.’
      • ‘Given that we are all advised to stay in for the long haul, it is fair to suggest 1 per cent per year.’
      • ‘With everything pointing to the long haul, the actual results might be difficult to ascertain.’
      • ‘On the second, recorded live after two days in the studio, they bed in for the long haul over three extended pieces.’
      • ‘The company said it is in for the long haul as a shareholder.’
      • ‘Films with a narrow focus generally rely on endearing characters to pull you in for the long haul.’
      • ‘He says he is in for the long haul and has no intention of leaving once the change programme is complete.’
      • ‘They planned to be in for the long haul and more joined them on February 23.’


  • be in something for the long haul

    • Be committed to an undertaking until it is completed.

      ‘we are in business for the long haul’
      • ‘Smartphone vendors these days tend to focus on short term profits instead of being in the game for the long haul.’
      • ‘It is too soon to project the firm's return on investment since the investor is in it for the long haul.’
      • ‘He assured management he was in for the long haul.’
      • ‘The band are in it for the long haul, playing pieces that usually clock in at around an hour.’
      • ‘Activists are troubled, but we have to recognise that we are in this for the long haul.’
      • ‘The big stores need to see evidence that you're in it for the long haul and not just some chancer who will last for a couple of seasons.’
      • ‘He said he was in politics for the long haul, but refused specifically to rule out quitting as Treasurer.’
  • over the long haul

    • Over an extended period of time.

      ‘would the American people support such a costly war over the long haul?’
      • ‘Although there are a number of ground rules that must be followed to ensure the best chance for success, the paradigm is one that can be supported over the long haul.’
      • ‘A little bit everyday does more, over the long haul, than the Weekend Warrior thing.’
      • ‘The recovery efforts will be slowed a bit, but we're in this over the long haul, and we're going to recover.’
      • ‘Look, what really matters is how people are going to see his policies over the long haul.’
      • ‘Indeed, over the long haul, it's likely to result in failure if that's all we do.’
      • ‘He still has a terrific message that he could win over the long haul.’
      • ‘An unusual amount of caution is leading businesses to press workers and facilities to a greater degree than can be sustained over the long haul.’
      • ‘If the content was not good, I wouldn't have paid attention to the covers over the long haul, no matter how clever they were.’
      • ‘Indeed, without a good business it would be impossible for a newspaper to do good journalism over the long haul.’
      • ‘Numerous African countries have put their faith and trust in the United States to support this initiative over the long haul.’


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