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stay the course

1. To persevere with as much determination, energy, or fortitude as one can until the end of a race, competition, or contest. Despite an early setback in the first half, the home team stayed the course and managed to earn a draw.
2. To continue attempting or pursuing something difficult to its end or conclusion. If you can't stay the course when things get a bit messy, then you just aren't cut out for this line of work.
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stay the course

Hold or persevere to the end, as in No, he's not resigning; he's going to stay the course. This metaphoric expression, alluding to a horse running an entire race, was first recorded in 1916.
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stay the course

COMMON If you stay the course, you manage to finish something that is very difficult or unpleasant and takes a long time. The training takes years and a great deal of work, but if you stay the course, the rewards are fantastic. You have done remarkably well to stay the course for so long.
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stay the course

To hold out or persevere to the end of a race or challenge.
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And my message today to those in Iraq is: We'll stay the course.
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This is designed to be a pre-emptive message to stay the course and continue to adhere and teach to our world-class science standards, which are developed to prepare students for the global economy,'' O'Connell said.
Detlefsen, a political scientist who is sympathetic to the administration's self-styled "color-blind" philosophy, cites the familiar tendencies of bureaucracies to stay the course no matter who is at the helm.
They are determined to stay the course and it shows.
Phyllis Daugherty of the Animal Issues Movement acknowledged that the existing program has flaws but she urged the commission to stay the course.
Abbate to stay the course that has proved so successful for so long, rather than focus only on short-term gains for short-term investors.