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At the long run Explained

At the long run at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Run \Run\, n.
1. The act of running; as, a long run; a good run; a quick
run; to go on the run.

2. A small stream; a brook; a creek.

3. That which runs or flows in the course of a certain
operation, or during a certain time; as, a run of must in
wine making; the first run of sap in a maple orchard.

4. A course; a series; that which continues in a certain
course or series; as, a run of good or bad luck.

They who made their arrangements in the first run of
misadventure . . . put a seal on their calamities.
--Burke.

5. State of being current; currency; popularity.

It is impossible for detached papers to have a
general run, or long continuance, if not diversified
with humor. --Addison.

6. Continued repetition on the stage; -- said of a play; as,
to have a run of a hundred successive nights.

A canting, mawkish play . . . had an immense run.
--Macaulay.

7. A continuing urgent demand; especially, a pressure on a
bank or treasury for payment of its notes.

8. A range or extent of ground for feeding stock; as, a sheep
run. --Howitt.

9. (Naut.)
(a) The aftermost part of a vessel's hull where it narrows
toward the stern, under the quarter.
(b) The distance sailed by a ship; as, a good run; a run
of fifty miles.
(c) A voyage; as, a run to China.

10. A pleasure excursion; a trip. [Colloq.]

I think of giving her a run in London. --Dickens.

11. (Mining) The horizontal distance to which a drift may be
carried, either by license of the proprietor of a mine or
by the nature of the formation; also, the direction which
a vein of ore or other substance takes.

12. (Mus.) A roulade, or series of running tones.

13. (Mil.) The greatest degree of swiftness in marching. It
is executed upon the same principles as the double-quick,
but with greater speed.

14. The act of migrating, or ascending a river to spawn; --
said of fish; also, an assemblage or school of fishes
which migrate, or ascend a river for the purpose of
spawning.

15. In baseball, a complete circuit of the bases made by a
player, which enables him to score one; in cricket, a
passing from one wicket to the other, by which one point
is scored; as, a player made three runs; the side went
out with two hundred runs.

The ``runs'' are made from wicket to wicket, the
batsmen interchanging ends at each run. --R. A.
Proctor.

16. A pair or set of millstones.

{At the long run}, now, commonly, {In the long run}, in or
during the whole process or course of things taken
together; in the final result; in the end; finally.

[Man] starts the inferior of the brute animals, but
he surpasses them in the long run. --J. H.
Newman.

{Home run}.
(a) A running or returning toward home, or to the point
from which the start was made. Cf. {Home stretch}.
(b) (Baseball) See under {Home}.

{The run}, or {The common run}, etc., ordinary persons; the
generality or average of people or things; also, that
which ordinarily occurs; ordinary current, course, or
kind.

I saw nothing else that is superior to the common
run of parks. --Walpole.

Burns never dreamed of looking down on others as
beneath him, merely because he was conscious of his
own vast superiority to the common run of men.
--Prof.
Wilson.

His whole appearance was something out of the common
run. --W. Irving.

{To let go by the run} (Naut.), to loosen and let run freely,
as lines; to let fall without restraint, as a sail.