go the distance


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

go the distance

To persist with something to its completion. I think this team is good enough to go the distance and win the championship, don't you?
See also: distance

go the distance

Fig. to do the whole amount; to play the entire game; to run the whole race. (Originally sports use.) That horse runs fast. I hope it can go the distance. This is going to be a long, hard project. I hope I can go the distance.
See also: distance

go the distance

Carry through a course of action to completion. For example, He said he's willing to go the distance with this project. This expression originated in boxing, where it means "to last for all the rounds that have been scheduled." In baseball the same term means "to pitch an entire game." For a synonym, see all the way, def. 1.
See also: distance

go the distance

COMMON If you go the distance, you complete what you are doing and reach your goal. Dave Hilton, back from World Cup duty, failed to go the distance when he was forced off with a muscle strain. Note: You can also say that someone goes the full distance. Julian is entitled to natural justice and we are prepared to go the full distance. Note: A boxer who succeeds in fighting until the end of the match is said to `go the distance'.
See also: distance

go the distance

complete a difficult task or endure an ordeal.
Go the distance is a metaphor from boxing that means, when used of a boxer, ‘complete a fight without being knocked out’ or, when used of a boxing match, ‘last the scheduled length’. In the USA there is an additional baseball-related sense: ‘pitch for the entire length of an inning’.
1998 Times ‘Everyone wants to see an amateur who can go the distance,’ another spectator said. Kuchar has certainly gone the distance.
See also: distance

go the (full) ˈdistance

continue playing in a competition or sports contest until the end: Nobody thought he would last 15 rounds but he went the full distance.
See also: distance
References in periodicals archive ?
Heavyweight Javier Mora (10-0-1, 9 KOs) was forced to go the distance for only the second time in his career but won a four-round unanimous decision over perennial loser Brad Rone (7-31, 1 KO).
The hard-hitting Austin, who won the 118-pound title on an eighth-round TKO over Mbuelo Botile on July 19, 1997, had to go the distance, something he hadn't done in his four previous defenses in which he scored knockouts.
In 1988, Rangel Gerovski was the only one of Karelin's five opponents to go the distance.
Learning from the Savarese fight, he paced himself and was able to go the distance easily.
That means companies need deal making capabilities coupled with operational expertise to go the distance," said Ellen Roy, managing director of I-Group HotBank.
Since you started dating, there's always been that period until you find the one you want to go the distance with?
Evander Holyfield gave his hometown fans what they wanted, but not in the fashion they would have chosen, and had to go the distance Saturday night to outpoint challenger Vaughn Bean in a heavyweight title bout.
We searched long and hard for the right partner in this venture and I know that A1 will be able to go the distance with us.
O'Connor has had to go the distance, three sets, in the first three rounds of the tournament.
The good ol'e boy image hits into our main goal and that is to go the distance in helping people with their problems.
Determined to go the distance, he decides to go against doctor's orders and double the drug's dosage, with the expected disastrous results.