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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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

stay the course

To hold out or persevere to the end of a race or challenge.
See also: course, stay
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

stay the course

Hold out or last to the end. This expression alludes to a horse that runs the entire course of a race. It dates from the mid-1800s and was soon transferred to other venues. The Times of London used it during World War I: “If we are to stay the course set before us, other sections must be prepared for greater sacrifices” (May 8, 1916).
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Despite setbacks in July and October, small investors have thus far stayed the course in the stock market.