The Pakistan Cricket Board is a long-standing joke, its chairmen replaced with every change of government.
Sure, men like a challenge – but so do women. And nobody likes to be challenged all the time. I know plenty of long-standing happy couples who slept together right away, spent hours yakking on the phone, split checks down the middle, and lived together for years before the wedding.
Character is long-standing habit.
The United States has been fighting African pirates since the early days of the republic – battles so formative that, among other things, they established a long-standing pattern of dealing with foreign policy problems through armed interventions and also inspired the iconic phrase ‘the shores of Tripoli’ in the Marine Corps hymn.