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if at first you don't succeed, try, try again

Always continue to keep trying after an initial failure or setback, since success does not usually occur immediately. A: "We spent all this time building it, and now it doesn't even work! I'm so done." B: "Oh, come on, you probably just need to make some minor adjustments. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."
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nothing succeeds like success

Initial success provides the resources and fosters the circumstances for further success. After their surprise championship victory, the team was suddenly flooded with support from the state and went on to become a powerhouse in the region. Nothing succeeds like success, as they say.

succeed in (something)

1. To complete or accomplish something as one desires, hopes, or intends. During my time as the regional manager, I succeeded in implementing a new sales technique that quadrupled our profit in the space of two years. We succeeded in convincing the board of directors to extend our grant for another 12 months.
2. To find success in some job, role, endeavor, opportunity, etc. We have every faith that you'll succeed in the new role—we wouldn't have promoted you if we felt otherwise. Hillary's really succeeding in her new business.
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succeed to (something)

To take over some title, throne, or position in place of someone else as designated by the political, royal, or corporate hierarchy. The first-born son of the queen is expected to succeed to the throne upon her death. So far in the country's history, only eight people have ever succeeded to the presidency through the death or resignation of their predecessors.
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succeed as (something)

1. To accomplish what is desired, intended, or required for some type of person or thing. The movie is undoubtedly gorgeous to look at, but without a strong narrative, it simply doesn't succeed as a thriller. You don't have to be a business genius to succeed as the manager of a company.
2. To replace someone or something in some position, role, office, etc. Our current president of marketing, Janet, is going to succeed Reggie as president and COO of the company. The eldest son will succeed him as king. The new model will succeed the P18 as the company's new flagship phone.
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succeed at (something)

1. To flourish, thrive, or prosper at some occupation, task, or endeavor. You've got to have a lot of dedication and commitment if you want to succeed at writing. I know that you'll succeed at anything you put your mind to.
2. To accomplish some desired, intended, or required action or task. The company has succeeded at becoming one of the most powerful in the entire country. The computer-generated effects are indeed stunning, but the film also succeeds at telling a compelling, emotionally rich story.
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If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Prov. You have to keep trying until you get what you want. Jill: I spent all morning trying to fix the computer, and it still won't work. Jane: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. You'll learn that dance step eventually. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
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Nothing succeeds like success.

Prov. If you have succeeded in the past, you will continue to be successful in the future. After Alan's brilliant courtroom victory, everyone wanted to be his client. Nothing succeeds like success.

succeed as something

to flourish or prosper as a type of person. I hope I succeed as a bank teller. Jamie succeeded as an investigator.
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succeed at something

to prosper or flourish in some task. I hope I can succeed at the task you have assigned me. I am sure you will succeed at it.
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succeed in something

to prosper or flourish in some position or office. I hope you succeed in your new job. We knew you would succeed in doing what you wanted to do.
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succeed someone as something

to take the place of someone as something; to supplant someone in something. Jeff will succeed Claude as president of the organization. You are not allowed to succeed yourself as president.
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succeed to something

to fall heir to something; to take something over. Carl will succeed to the throne when he is of age. Mary succeeded to the throne at the age of three months.
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if at first you don't succeed, try, try again

Don't let a first-time failure stop further attempts. For example, I know it's hard at first to shift gears without stalling but if at first you don't succeed . . . This seemingly ancient adage was first recorded only in 1840 but has become so well known that it is often shortened.
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nothing succeeds like success

success leads to opportunities for further and greater successes. proverb

nothing sucˌceeds like sucˈcess

(saying) success encourages you and often leads to more success: The first task the students do should be one they are likely to do well. This is because nothing succeeds like success.

succeed in

v.
To accomplish something desired or intended: I'm sure you will succeed in your new project. They succeeded in convincing the jury of their innocence.
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succeed to

v.
To replace another in some office or position: The princess succeeded to the throne after her father's death and became queen.
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References in classic literature ?
Once more he tried the throng, as if seeking safety in its blindness, and then several moments succeeded, during which Duncan believed the active and courageous young stranger was lost.
Exasperated as much by his composure as by his good-fortune, their words became unintelligible, and were succeeded by shrill, piercing yells.
A burst of savage laughter succeeded this attack, during which the soft and musical merriment of the younger females strangely chimed with the cracked voice of their older and more malignant companion.
A short and sullen pause succeeded this bold assertion.
Thus, after a long, tedious effort for years, I finally succeeded in learning how to write.
Soon my poor comrade showed signs of animation, and I succeeded in making him swallow from a cocoanut shell a few mouthfuls of water.
So, as there was no other alternative, the great coward dropped back into his dugout and, at imminent risk of being swept to sea, finally succeeded in making the shore far down the bay and upon the opposite side from that on which the horde of beasts stood snarling and roaring.
The materials at present within my command hardly appeared adequate to so arduous an undertaking, but I doubted not that I should ultimately succeed. I prepared myself for a multitude of reverses; my operations might be incessantly baffled, and at last my work be imperfect, yet when I considered the improvement which every day takes place in science and mechanics, I was encouraged to hope my present attempts would at least lay the foundations of future success.
The leaves of that year had withered before my work drew near to a close, and now every day showed me more plainly how well I had succeeded. But my enthusiasm was checked by my anxiety, and I appeared rather like one doomed by slavery to toil in the mines, or any other unwholesome trade than an artist occupied by his favourite employment.
The Flower Queen's daughter was delighted to see him safe and sound, and when they were dancing together she whispered in his ear: 'If you succeed again to-morrow, wait for me with the foal in the meadow.
In his naked feet, so as not to scratch the covering, he succeeded by the aid of the network, and in spite of the oscillations of the balloon, in climbing to the upper extremity, and after a thousand difficulties, in holding on with one hand to that slippery surface, while he detached the outside screws that secured the pipes in their place.
Then followed the frugal breakfast, when her commoner toil for the milliner succeeded. The rest of the day was occupied with this latter work, for which she received the customary fifteen sous.
I can see that you mean to succeed. You will succeed.
Having at last by guileful speeches succeeded in separating them, he attacked them without fear as they fed alone, and feasted on them one by one at his own leisure.
Singapore-Shanghai Comprehensive Cooperation Council (SSCCC): Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance, succeeds Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat as Co-Chairman; Singapore-Jiangsu Cooperation Council (SJCC): Ms IndraneeRajah, Minister in Prime Ministers Office and Second Minister for Finance and Education, succeeds Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat as Co-Chairman; and Singapore-Tianjin Economic and Trade Council (STETC): Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, succeeds Minister Lawrence Wong as Co-Chairman.