keep (one) going

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keep (one) going

1. To give someone or oneself enough energy, sustenance, etc., to survive or be satiated. 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.
2. To cause or enable some entity or endeavor to continue operating, progressing, etc. This grant from the government should be enough to keep the company going for at least the rest of the year. I was just about ready to give up on my freelance business, but a few lucrative gigs have kept it going.
See also: going, keep

keep going

To continue to persist or persevere (with some activity). It's starting to get dark. Should we keep going for a bit longer or just finish the game now? Come on, you've almost got it—keep going!
See also: going, keep
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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.
See also: going, keep
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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?
See also: going, keep, somebody
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