I have problem understanding this:

Over time, this is a fragile approach.

What does "over time" mean here? Thanks!

  • A little more context would help.
    – JoAnne
    Nov 26, 2014 at 3:27
  • it means long term
    – Arsen Y.M.
    Nov 26, 2014 at 4:24

2 Answers 2


"Over a number of weeks/months/years" .

The implication is that whilst the approach might be acceptable if it is only for a short time, if it is applied for a long time it will cause problems.


This is explained in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. It means that 'as time passes'. Some dictionaries say that 'gradually'. So,the above-mentioned answer focusses the 'fragile' and it will be 'fragile' as 'as time passes'.

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