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stay hungry

To remain determined, competitive, motivated, and active in one's hopes, ambitions, or goals; to keep oneself from becoming complacent or self-satisfied with less than one might potentially achieve. You've got a lot of skill, kid, and you're one of the best fighters in the city—but you've got to stay hungry and never lose sight of the biggest prizes out there! It was hard staying hungry after finding such success with my first novel. I just found I wasn't as driven to write when I'd already garnered so much praise and recognition.
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go hungry

to miss a meal and end up hungry. The kids were late for dinner so they had to go hungry.
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*hungry as a bear

 and *hungry as a hunter
Cliché very hungry. (*Also: as ~.) I'm as hungry as a bear. I could eat anything! We'd better have a big meal ready by the time Tommy gets home; he's always hungry as a hunter after soccer practice.
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hungry for something

Fig. desiring something, often something other than food. The orphan was hungry for the warmth of a family. Bill has become hungry for knowledge and is always studying.
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the hungries

n. hunger. I get the hungries about this time every day.
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hungry

1. mod. eager to make money. When he gets hungry for wealth, he’ll get busy.
2. mod. ambitious. He gets ahead because he’s hungry.
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Kerry, who hungrily kissed her new boyfriend, has suggested that he should consider moving in with her.
Tragically, though, Sirrocean Storm, one of those who didn't complete, suffered a fatal fracture in running and a swarm of cameras honed in hungrily as the unfortunate horse hopped around on three legs.
Murray's nightmare start continued as Soderling secured another break point and capitalised hungrily.
Moment's presentations are so cogent and informative that I hungrily digest the magazines, cover to cover, as soon as I receive them.
Of course, critics are not investors who hungrily await a large return on that investment.
But for every loser there is a winner, and John Hughes' players hungrily pounced on their oneman advantage to play the kind of football they produced in the first half of the season.
You'll have to walk back, and that's not fun (we've done it, it really isn't fun, especially if cars packed with men staring hungrily at your.
If she doesn't, Sarah Parish is hungrily slavering in the wings.
Bruce Stokes, National Journal, January 12, 2008: "Europe Hungrily Eyes India"
As characters gasp hungrily for oxygen in the narrow air pockets, heavy breathing in the darkness is supposed to unsettle us, but poor editing and intentionally bad lighting dissipates the tension.
Carols are the soundtrack of our Christmases: They exist not only in the church, but in the kitchen and the dining room; they're there when we meditate on the glorious gift of the birth and also when we hungrily rip the wrapping off our presents.
His readings will send you hungrily to these classics in search of an answer.
Time, then, for the Bears' batsmen to step forward and ease the pressure on the bowlers by plundering a bit more hungrily than in the two games mentioned above.
She existed instead on flaky, amateur movies glaring hungrily out of the scene while strangers mounted her like an animal, a submissive blonde wreck with a twenty pound note rolled to her face.
Speculation ranges for why China isn't buying as hungrily as anticipated, but some sources say it's because China is suffering from some of the same high costs--like energy-as the United States.