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long run (n.)

also long-run, "ultimate outcome," 1620s, from long (adj.) + run (n.); the notion is "when events have run their course," as in the phrase in the long run "after a long course of experience." As an adjective from 1804.

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Definitions of long run

long run (n.)
a period of time sufficient for factors to work themselves out;
in the long run we will all be dead
in the long run we will win
Synonyms: long haul
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