stay the distance


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stay the distance

1. To persevere with as much determination, energy, or fortitude as one can muster through to the end of a race, competition, or contest. Despite an early setback in the first half, the American team stayed the distance and managed to earn a draw at the end of the match.
2. To continue attempting or pursuing something difficult to its end or conclusion. If you can't stay the distance when things get a bit messy, then you just aren't cut out for this line of work.
See also: distance, stay
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ARTHUR Best, who backed himself to stay the distance, was pounds 7,000 richer today after winning a bet with bookies that he would live to be 100.
He was second at a mile and a half in the Derby (to Sinndar at Epsom in 2000), and I think he will stay the distance, but I think a mile and a quarter is the best trip for him.
Crisp, dry and with a lemony/spicy character which makes it a medium-bodied quaffer with a light woodiness to flesh it out and help it stay the distance with food.
I feared Dazzle might not stay the distance in the 1,000 Guineas, but she was not entitled to be beaten out of sight.
Halifax ran a great race in the Queen's Vase, but didn't quite stay the distance.
The last time they were at a World Cup they managed to stay the distance despite getting horrendous stick - unlike Roy, who went home in a sulk before it began.
The Bikeathon raises cash for Leukaemia Research, and staff from the estate agents have already begun a gruelling training regime to ensure they will be able to stay the distance.
My money is on Jennifer Ellison to stay the distance.
But now the Jambos are back on top of the Premier pile and McPherson is praying they will stay the distance so that he can retire happy.
I'm confident she will stay the distance - in fact, I think she now needs this distance.
Yesterday Labour MP Alan Simpson claimed the revelation means that British forces will also have to stay the distance.
Ever since his laconic cowboy heyday in Sergio Leone's spaghetti west-erns, right through to the era of his Dirty Harry per-The main suspense comes not from whether the cops will solve the crime and catch the killer, but whether East-wood can stay the distance.