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stay hungry

To remain determined, competitive, motivated, and active in one's hopes, ambitions, or goals; to keep oneself from becoming complacent or self-satisfied with less than one might potentially achieve. You've got a lot of skill, kid, and you're one of the best fighters in the city—but you've got to stay hungry and never lose sight of the biggest prizes out there! It was hard staying hungry after finding such success with my first novel. I just found I wasn't as driven to write when I'd already garnered so much praise and recognition.
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go hungry

to miss a meal and end up hungry. The kids were late for dinner so they had to go hungry.
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*hungry as a bear

 and *hungry as a hunter
Cliché very hungry. (*Also: as ~.) I'm as hungry as a bear. I could eat anything! We'd better have a big meal ready by the time Tommy gets home; he's always hungry as a hunter after soccer practice.
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hungry for something

Fig. desiring something, often something other than food. The orphan was hungry for the warmth of a family. Bill has become hungry for knowledge and is always studying.
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the hungries

n. hunger. I get the hungries about this time every day.
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1. mod. eager to make money. When he gets hungry for wealth, he’ll get busy.
2. mod. ambitious. He gets ahead because he’s hungry.
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The researchers did a second experiment to work out just what made that hungrier chick's call so compelling.
No-one will be hungrier for success than Robinson who earned only a single runners up medal in three years at Manchester Giants.
They were hungrier than us and it showed in the game.
S "However, the lay-off would have made the lads even hungrier to have a game.
A Lahm call for Bayern by Tom HopkinsonEXCLUSIVE PHILIPP LAHM has warned Arsenal that last season's Champions League final defeat by Chelsea has made Bayern Munich even hungrier.
In the North East we are likelier to be wetter and hungrier but the worst effects will as usual be felt by the most disadvantaged on the planet.
2 LEAGUE leaders Banks dropped their first points of the season when they were beaten by a much hungrier Barney.
Washington, Mar 30 ( ANI ): Scientists have shown for the first time that infection with dengue virus turns on mosquito genes that makes them hungrier and better feeders, and therefore possibly more likely to spread the disease to humans.
Even before we lost the first goal Motherwell were hungrier and sharper.
SCOTLAND'S Josh Taylor laid down the gauntlet to England team captain Thomas Stalker ahead of their Commonwealth lightweight final by declaring "I'm fitter, younger and hungrier than you".
His untimely injury saw him ruled out of both the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals, which, understandably, has made him even hungrier for success upon his return.
BOXING: David Haye fired a message to the Klitschko brothers that he will be ready for action by the end of July and hungrier than ever for a shot at a world title.
It was nice to take in the sun, get in some training away from the cold of England and it has made us even hungrier now to achieve what we want.
He says he is hungrier now than he has ever been and I believe that.
The visitors looked hungrier and were ahead after 22 minutes when Kayode Odejayi (right) struck from 12 yards with his 14th goal of the season to give goalkeeper Les Pogliacomi no chance.