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in the long run

Meaning: If you talk about something "in the long run", you mean over a long period of time.

For example:

  • We might pay more now, but we'll save money in the long run because we shouldn't have to pay so much for repairs or spare parts.

  • John says he's working so hard that he barely has time to see his family, but he says it'll be worth it in the long run. His wife isn't so sure.

Quick Quiz:

Jerry's life as a poor student is hard, but he says it'll be worth it in the long run when
  1. he gets home and relaxes
  2. he has fun on the weekend
  3. he gets a good job after graduating

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