keep (one) going

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keep (one) going

To give one enough energy, sustenance, etc., until they get what they truly need or want. Lost for days in the woods, we had to eat bugs and edible roots to keep us going. I am so anxious for the new movie in the series to come out this winter that I'm reading the novels again to keep me going.
See also: going, keep

keep someone or something going

to sustain someone or something. I try to eat just enough food to keep me going. Enjoying food is just not an issue any more.
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ˌkeep ˈgoing

1 make an effort to live normally when you are in a difficult situation or when you have experienced great suffering: You just have to keep yourself busy and keep going.
2 (spoken) used to encourage somebody to continue doing something: Keep going, Sarah, you’re nearly there.
See also: going, keep

ˌkeep somebody ˈgoing

(informal) be enough for somebody until they get what they are waiting for: Why don’t you have an apple to keep you going till dinner time?
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There was a dinner giving in the Harley Street establishment, while Little Dorrit was stitching at her father's new shirts by his side that night; and there were magnates from the Court and magnates from the City, magnates from the Commons and magnates from the Lords, magnates from the bench and magnates from the bar, Bishop magnates, Treasury magnates, Horse Guard magnates, Admiralty magnates,--all the magnates that keep us going, and sometimes trip us up.
bless us and save us, we need have something to keep us going,' returned Miss Jenny, shrugging her shoulders.
She has given us all the courage and strength to keep us going.
If you love listening to Unorthodox every week, please consider donating to keep us going for another hundred episodes.
Danny, 32, added: "He told us all he couldn't afford to keep us going any more.
Not so now, most of the industrial gold mines have gone and we now rely on the good will of foreign companies to keep us going.
We therefore need God, and we need to be united with Him, if we are going to have that oil that could keep us going on and on and on, in pursuit of our vision.
There were also those who high-fived us en route and handed out refreshments and food to keep us going.
We have got great character, great togetherness and some leaders out there that keep us going.
The Child is a raw look at the cycles of decay that stalk our lives--the violent deterioration of a tow-income neighborhood, the physical degradation of a cancer-wracked body--and the unexpected sources of hope that keep us going.
It costs nearly PS500,000 a year to keep us going, and in the past our fundraising has been supplemented by legacies.
O Kelly said: We re back at full strength and have enough work on at present to keep us going past April of 2016.
Our thanks to the businesses which sponsored us, to the farmers who donated their sheep, to everybody who came to support us and helped keep us going for the 24 hours.
They held out drinks, sweets and even tins of biscuits to keep us going.
Some of them were offering sliced oranges, drinks in little plastic cups, jelly babies and ice pops to keep us going.