Meanwhile, Karen Pence "wouldn't so much as say hello to Trump," Michael Lewis, the author of "Moneyball" and "The Big Short," wrote in a Guardian long read based on several interviews with Trump insiders and published Thursday.

I guess "long read" just refers to something that takes long time to read. But I'm not sure if it's accurate.

I know the word meaning of 'read'. What I am unsure is if the phrase "long read" is a set/idiom, which I am not aware of. That's the reason why I asked. If it just means the sense of its literal meaning, then it's fine. I just want to get it accurately.

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    Please remember to demonstrate your initial research efforts. For example, looking up read in the Macmillan Dictionary gives the meaning an act of reading something, or a period of time spent reading something. which seems straightforward. if the dictionary definition is inadequate for any reason, please edit your post to indicate why.
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    Commented Sep 28, 2018 at 1:44

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"Read" as a noun refers to something you read, a reading material such as a book, newspaper, article. "A long read" is idiomatic, and so are a couple other noun phrases of "read":

That book is such a page turner. It is an interesting read/a good read/a must read.

As you can easily guess, "an interesting read" is something that is interesting to read; "a good read" is a good book/paper etc.; "a must read" is something recommended to you highly.

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