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If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Prov. You have to keep trying until you get what you want. Jill: I spent all morning trying to fix the computer, and it still won't work. Jane: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. You'll learn that dance step eventually. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Nothing succeeds like success.
Prov. If you have succeeded in the past, you will continue to be successful in the future. After Alan's brilliant courtroom victory, everyone wanted to be his client. Nothing succeeds like success.
succeed as something
to flourish or prosper as a type of person. I hope I succeed as a bank teller. Jamie succeeded as an investigator.
succeed at something
to prosper or flourish in some task. I hope I can succeed at the task you have assigned me. I am sure you will succeed at it.
succeed in something
to prosper or flourish in some position or office. I hope you succeed in your new job. We knew you would succeed in doing what you wanted to do.
succeed someone as something
to take the place of someone as something; to supplant someone in something. Jeff will succeed Claude as president of the organization. You are not allowed to succeed yourself as president.
succeed to something
to fall heir to something; to take something over. Carl will succeed to the throne when he is of age. Mary succeeded to the throne at the age of three months.
If at first you don't succeed, (try, try, and try again).
something that you say in order to tell someone they must keep trying in order to achieve something My novel has been rejected by three publishers already. Still, if at first you don't succeed ...
if at first you don't succeed, try, try again
Don't let a first-time failure stop further attempts. For example, I know it's hard at first to shift gears without stalling but if at first you don't succeed . . . This seemingly ancient adage was first recorded only in 1840 but has become so well known that it is often shortened.
To accomplish something desired or intended: I'm sure you will succeed in your new project. They succeeded in convincing the jury of their innocence.
To replace another in some office or position: The princess succeeded to the throne after her father's death and became queen.