in the long run


  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv in the long run after a very lengthy period of time "she will succeed in the long run"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • In the long run in or during the whole process or course of things taken together; in the final result; in the end; finally.
    • In the long run in the whole course of things taken together; in the ultimate result; eventually.
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  • Helen Keller
    “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
  • John Maynard Keynes
    “In the long run we are all dead.”
  • Sheldon Kopp
    Sheldon Kopp
    “In the long run, we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.”
  • Wyndham Lewis
    “It is more comfortable for me, in the long run, to be rude than polite.”


In the long run - This means 'over a long period of time', 'in the end' or 'in the final result'.


In literature:

Else we shall not, in the long run, escape bad taste.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 60, October 1862" by Various
And much that must be done in the long run has not yet been started.
"John Wesley, Jr." by Dan B. Brummitt
A man who scores up as you do, is bound to win in the long run, if he only keeps his eyes about him, and don't undertake to go it blind.
"Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 35, November 26, 1870" by Various
The cleverest and noblest fellows are sure to be the best riders in the long run.
"Yeast: A Problem" by Charles Kingsley
The method of violence cannot do good in the long run.
"Freedom's Battle" by Mahatma Gandhi
After Eric had run and leapt and waded in the crackling pools of leaves for a long time, he grew hungry.
"The Little House in the Fairy Wood" by Ethel Cook Eliot
He will win and be won in the long run, and, the chances are, have better manners than his father.
"Bits About Home Matters" by Helen Hunt Jackson
More games are won in the long run that way, than by being dashing and venturesome.
"The Aeroplane Boys Flight" by John Luther Langworthy
But the two profits are essentially similar, and in the long run should be commensurate.
"Supply and Demand" by Hubert D. Henderson
The prosperity of nations, in the long run, is based on righteousness; not on injustice, cruelty, and selfishness.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord

In poetry:

Full-burnished through the long-revolving years
The ploughshare of a Century to-day
Runs peaceful furrows where a crop of Spears
Once stood in War's array.
"Arms And The Man - Prologue" by James Barron Hope
Though leaves have fallen long since,
The wagtails flirt and flit,
Glad in the morning sun;
While, on the knotted quince,
The dewdrops, pearled on it,
Bead to a little run. . . .
"The First Thrush" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
I see my dear village—it basks in the sun;
And the barefooted children, that tumble and run
On the pathway—the rattle of looms, and the song
Of the weaver, that sounded the summer day long.
"Old Memories" by Janet Hamilton
"On thy long loneliness the sun
Blazes in dread, the moon
Shines with a pitiless, threatening hue!
And while the golden sand-grains run,
Old age comes nearer; and like you
I may be standing silent—soon!
"The Dreaming Wheel" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
So saying, from the forest hoary
She passed, with all who marvelled there;
Nor once gazed back—so runs the story— To see him on his knees in prayer.
But all this came to pass, they say,
Long, long ago, and far away.
"The Princess And The Page" by Harriet Monroe
I see them still, I see the town Under those scrub-clad hills,
The shops where the quiet street runs down, Wilson, Rowland, Bills.
Taylor, Weste, Felstead too, Cole of the kindly ways,
And many other friends I knew In the long gone Laura days.
"Laura Days" by C J Dennis

In news:

Burton scored twice on on long touchdown runs early in the third quarter to pull away from Granger and stay unbeaten in 13-1A Division II play.
Halle Morse, currently appearing as bridesmaid Lisa in the long-running Broadway hit Mamma Mia.
His long-running column ranges in topic from matters of faith to observations about life in Saline County, politics and the sights to see in travels throughout America.
In the Long Run, the GOP Must Be Inclusive.
So when super-storm Sandy hit his home in Center Moriches, Long Island, he was in the Washington, DC, area having just run the Marine Corps Marathon.
It's the latest move to get justice in the long-running scandal.
In a no-holds-barred memoir, Dianne Burnett claims she came up with key elements of the long-running CBS reality competition, including helping select the name and host Jeff Probst.
The long-running UK metal band proved they've still got it in the first of two O.C.
Baghdad and Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region earlier this week both sent troops to an area over which they both claim jurisdiction, raising the temperature in a long-running feud over land and oil rights.
In the long run, charm can be far more appealing than beauty.
IBM and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have extended a long-running partnership in an effort to enhance America's competitiveness in high-performance computing (HPC).
School closing may still happen in the long run .
17-Year-Old Search Wiz's News App May Not Work Out in the Long Run .
Post Your Problems/Lawrence Walsh: Furnace maintenance can save you in the long run .
They're in it for the long run .

In science:

The token makes a random walk on G, so in the long run it will visit all vertices of G in proportion to their stationary distribution.
Coalescing random walks and voting on connected graphs
In the beginning, a large θ favours the introduction of new colours, but on the long run this influence looses importance.
Hoppe trees, random recursive sets and their barycentre
Here the arbitrage is obtained in the “long run” by waiting up to time T .
Simple arbitrage
In a Monte-Carlo run the system tends to jump between the competing ideal structures, and very long runs are necessary to achieve accurate statistics.
Eutectic point in a simple lattice gas model
Compared to the long run, the time these sources spend in some of the most interesting states is short, and there are few enough of them that the combination gives us relatively rare examples.
The Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer