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Over the long run

Posted by Reneed on June 07, 2007

In Reply to: Over the long run posted by David D. Levinger on June 07, 2007

: I just wrote something in which I used the phrase "over the long run". After submitting it, I began to question whether that works properly. I believe that "in the long run" would refer to the *durability* of an idea or cause. Do others believe that "over the long run" acceptably refers to the *course of events* along the course of time?

: Some might state "over the long haul", but I feel "haul" has a less attractive connotation than "run".

Sounds right to me. "In the long run" points to an outcome; "over the long run" is about what happens along the way.