in the long run

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

in the long run

  1. (idiomatic) After a very long time; eventually; over a long period of time; more generally.
    • 1923, John Maynard Keynes, chapter 3, in A Tract on Monetary Reform, page 80:
      But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.
    • 1951, Arthur C. Clarke, The Exploration of Space, p. 111:
      If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run — and often in the short one — the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative.