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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She stayed the distance from Cork to Belfast to deliver a message of hope.
Only five bookmakers stayed the distance to bet on the last in worsening conditions
Apart from being the oldest crew member on board the Liverpool Clipper, which looked set to finish fourth or fifth out of eight boats, he is also the only Liverpool sailor to have 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.