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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

to continue doing something, even when it is difficult I will stay the course and finish the job I was hired to do.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of a ship continuing in the same direction, even in bad conditions
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stay the course

to continue to do something that is difficult or takes a long time until it is finished Giving up smoking won't be easy - you must be prepared to stay the course.
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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

To hold out or persevere to the end of a race or challenge.
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