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keep pace

Also,keep up. Go at the same rate as others, not fall behind. For example, The teacher told his mother that Jimmy was not keeping up with the class. Shakespeare had the first term in A Midsummer Night's Dream (3:2): “My legs cannot keep pace with my desires.” [ Late 1500s ]
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  • She smiled at him faintly, nodding her head as though to keep pace with her thoughts.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Pearson walked so rapidly that his companion was hard pushed to keep pace with him.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The harvest was rich, and the harvest party was to keep pace with the harvest.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • It put the British major on his mettle to keep pace with him.

  • She wanted a team that could keep pace with Tom,––and she had it.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower

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