phrase → term You use the expressions in the long term, in the short term, and in the medium term to talk about what will happen over a long period of time, over a short period of time, and over a medium period of time. ⇒ The agreement should have very positive results in the long term. ⇒ In the short term, chemical sprays are clearly an effective way to control pests. ⇒ In the medium term the U.K. car industry has a brighter outlook.
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