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1. verb To engage in an action or complete some task that one said or implied one would do. If you told her you'd help her move, then you need to follow through. The customer service guy said he would send me an email, and he actually followed through and did it.
2. verb In sports, to fully complete a motion or stroke (such as when shooting a basketball or swinging a golf club, for example). You didn't follow through with your swing—that's why the ball didn't travel farther.
3. noun In sports, the full completion of a motion or stroke (such as when shooting a basketball or swinging a golf club, for example). You need to work on your follow through if you want the ball to travel farther.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
follow through (with something)and follow something through
to complete an activity, doing what was promised. I wish you would follow through with the project we talked about. You never follow through!
(on something) and carry through (on something) to complete a task; to see a task through to its completion. You must follow through on the things that you start. Don't start the job if you can't follow through. Ask Sally to carry through on her project.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. In sports such as tennis or golf, carry a stroke to completion after striking the ball. For example, You don't follow through on your backhand, so it goes into the net. [Late 1800s]
2. Carry an object, project, or intention to completion; pursue fully. For example, She followed through on her promise to reorganize the department. Also see follow up, def. 1.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To complete fully something that has been planned or is in process: She passed the remaining work on to him, but he didn't follow through right away. I followed through on the report and finished it the next day.
2. Sports To complete a stroke or swing fully after hitting or releasing a ball or other object: My tennis instructor taught me how to follow through after I served the ball. When you're batting, don't forget to follow through on your swing.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.