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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And last night the Voice from the Valleys showed just why he has stayed the distance.
ROYAL ASCOT is a possible target for French colt US Ranger, who looks set to continue to be campaigned at 1m even though connections feel he may not have stayed the distance over a straight track when losing his unbeaten record in the 2,000 Guineas.
She always looked a galloper so it was worth a shot, and she stayed the distance very well.
He said: "They didn't go that fast, so he stayed the distance today.
Robin Trevor-Jones, representing Dunlop, said "The way she ran, I though we might just steal the race but Cayman Sunset might not have quite stayed the distance.