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"Take the coast road—it’ll be less of a haul."

Q. What does "less of a haul" exactly mean here?

"it'll take shorter time" or "it'll be shorter distance" or "it'll take less driving efforts" or any other thing?

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thanks3"Take the coast road—it’ll be less of a haul."

The coast road will be much easier route. "Haul" implies that you are pulling a heavy trailer. The mountain roads with the steep slopes will be much more difficult than a road that is flatter.

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thanks3Q. What does "less of a haul" exactly mean here?

People use "haul" rather loosely, but the coast road will be a shorter, less arduous, journey. "Haul" often means simply "distance", but there is often a whiff of effort about it, as here.

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I got it! Thank you again, Ms. AlpheccaStars:)

Exactly! Thank you again, Mr anonymous:)

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