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stay the course

1. To persevere with as much determination, energy, or fortitude as one can until the end of a race, competition, or contest. Despite an early setback in the first half, the home team stayed the course and managed to earn a draw.
2. To continue attempting or pursuing something difficult to its end or conclusion. If you can't stay the course when things get a bit messy, then you just aren't cut out for this line of work.
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stay the course

Hold or persevere to the end, as in No, he's not resigning; he's going to stay the course. This metaphoric expression, alluding to a horse running an entire race, was first recorded in 1916.
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stay the course

COMMON If you stay the course, you manage to finish something that is very difficult or unpleasant and takes a long time. The training takes years and a great deal of work, but if you stay the course, the rewards are fantastic. You have done remarkably well to stay the course for so long.
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stay the course (or distance)

1 hold out to the end of a race or contest. 2 pursue a difficult task or activity to the end.
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stay the ˈcourse

continue doing something until it has finished or been completed, even though it is difficult: Very few of the trainees have stayed the course.
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stay the course

To hold out or persevere to the end of a race or challenge.
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