take a long (hard) look at something

take a long (hard) look at something
take a long (cool/hard) ˈlook at sth idiom
to consider a problem or possibility very carefully and without hurrying

We need to take a long hard look at all the options.

Main entry:longidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • take a long hard look at — (something) to examine something carefully. I think they ought to take a long hard look at who is allowed to carry a gun. Usage notes: usually said about something that should be improved in the future …   New idioms dictionary

  • take a long, hard look at — (something) to examine something very carefully in order to improve it in the future. We need to take a long, hard look at the way we control gun ownership …   New idioms dictionary

  • take a long (cool) look at something — take a long (cool/hard) ˈlook at sth idiom to consider a problem or possibility very carefully and without hurrying • We need to take a long hard look at all the options. Main entry: ↑longidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • take a long hard look at someone — take a long hard look at someone/​something phrase to think about a problem or issue very carefully in order to find out what is wrong or to find a better way of dealing with it We should take a long hard look at the way we deal with refugees in… …   Useful english dictionary

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