long haul

[long haul] or [long pull] {n.}, {informal} 1. A long distance ortrip.

It is a long haul to drive across the country.

ContrastSHORT HAUL. 2. A long length of time during which work continues orsomething is done; a long time of trying.

A boy crippled by poliomay learn to walk again, but it may be a long haul.

- Often used inthe phrase "over the long haul".

Over the long haul, an expensivepair of shoes may save you money.

Contrast: SHORT HAUL.