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strive after something

to try very hard to obtain something. I am always striving after perfection. Ted was striving after a promotion and finally got it.
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strive against something

to work against something. He worked hard, striving against failure at every turn. Things were difficult. I had to strive against quitting almost every day.
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strive for something

to try to obtain or bring about something. I am striving for the best possible result. Mary strives for perfection in everything she does.
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strive to do something

to try hard to do something. She strove very hard to do what she had set out to do. Please strive to do it as best you can.
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strive toward something

to work toward a goal. DI always strive toward perfection. Mary strove toward doing her best at all times.
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the Strivers program penalizes especially those students who really do exert themselves and strive to excel.
His diaries also call for caution about making too many generalizations, however; for, indeed, his autobiographical narrative only reflects the views of one particular striver who failed to ascend the "figurative ladder" of American entrepreneurial success.
However high-minded its goals, the strivers tag would have punished the relatively advantaged children of yesterday's strivers.
The Government strategy is then to portray Labour as being on the side of the skivers, not the strivers.
And strivers who can't find a job where there are none.
Even in a serious recession MPs were given a 10% pay increase yet their tax credits reversal was imposed upon hard-working strivers.
Before, during, and after the general election campaign the Tories rightly gained plaudits for their commitment to protect and advance the interests of Britain's strivers," said the Birkenhead MP, a former welfare reform minister who chairs the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee.
in a literary pastiche of short stories designed to encourage the downhearted, lift up the strivers, and add wings to the heels of spiritual seekers, "Hot Winds, Boiling Rain' is as eclectic and iconoclastic as it is unrelentingly entertaining.
The research further analyzes the responses and behaviors of the students by dividing them into four distinct segments - Explorers, Highfliers, Strivers, and Strugglers- based upon their academic preparedness and financial resources.
Rather than being 'shirkers',' my constituents and many others on JSA are strivers whose efforts are going unrewarded because of the structural lack of demand in the job market, which the Government seem to be doing little to address," he said.
The report, named Geared for Growth, looked into UK business ambitions and identified four clear groups of respondents: Strivers (52%), Contented (34%), Thrivers (10%) and Despondents (5%).
Hammering on that faultline with the language of shirkers and strivers will have long-term impacts on public attitudes, on attitudes of one neighbour against another.
ONE OF THE THINGS I'M PROUDEST of about the United States is that we've always been a nation of dreamers and strivers.
After about a year on the market and 75 percent of the units sold by Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy, BRP Development Corporation wanted "a new look" for its Strivers West project, said Julian Duggin, project manager at BRP.
Using self-reported data from directors of nursing, the survey categorized nursing homes that participated in the survey as culture change adopters, culture change strivers, or traditional nursing homes.