stay the distance


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stay the distance

1. To persevere with as much determination, energy, or fortitude as one can muster through to the end of a race, competition, or contest. Despite an early setback in the first half, the American team stayed the distance and managed to earn a draw at the end of the match.
2. To continue attempting or pursuing something difficult to its end or conclusion. If you can't stay the distance when things get a bit messy, then you just aren't cut out for this line of work.
See also: distance, stay
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I feared Dazzle might not stay the distance in the 1,000 Guineas, but she was not entitled to be beaten out of sight.
She quickened up well to join the leaders over a furlong out but was soon short of room and weakened badly inside the final furlong as if she didn't stay the distance.
But after grabbing the winner at Bloomfield Road he is confident Argyle can stay the distance and avoid slipping into League One.
ARTHUR Best, who backed himself to stay the distance, was pounds 7,000 richer today after winning a bet with bookies that he would live to be 100.
My money is on Jennifer Ellison to stay the distance.
Crisp, dry and with a lemony/spicy character which makes it a medium-bodied quaffer with a light woodiness to flesh it out and help it stay the distance with food.
We thought he didn't stay the distance and that's why we're dropping him down half a mile in trip in the beginners' chase (3.
David Jeffrey's Windsor Park men created history last season when they won a triple double and given their track record they should start odds on favourites to stay the distance again in the new-look, 12-team league set-up.
The Bikeathon raises cash for Leukaemia Research, and staff from the estate agents have already begun a gruelling training regime to ensure they will be able to stay the distance.
But now the Jambos are back on top of the Premier pile and McPherson is praying they will stay the distance so that he can retire happy.
It will be his first time over a mile and a half but I think he will stay the distance.
Both counties have a 100 percent record after the opening three fixtures and the winners of the latest clash will take over as clear favourites to stay the distance and lift the crown.
He has a thigh strain and may not stay the distance.