Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

think long and hard

think long and hard
Meaning(s)
1) consider something carefully and diligently
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    • you'd better think long and hard about what you have done
  • Analysis
    To 'think long and hard' about something means to consider something thoroughly and carefully. This expression can sometimes be used as a warning to instruct someone to think about something hard before coming to a decision or to consider their actions. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Frank's decision was not rash or spontaneous. He had thought long and hard about it.
    2. I had to think long and hard about where I wanted to live before I made the decision to leave the city.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I need to think long and hard about what my next career move should be. There is no longer any room for error.
    2. The teacher warned his misbehaving student that she had better start thinking long and hard about her behaviour in class, because she was now on thin ice.
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