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a person or thing that stays
  1. a persistent or tenacious person
  2. (horse racing) a persistent horse
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  • Emetic was the fastest sprinter there that day; a sprinter, not a stayer.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • He's kind of slow takin' hold; but when he gets his teeth in he's a stayer.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • No passing traveller, no stayer for one night, can realise Orvieto.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • stayer, one likely to persevere, one not easily discouraged.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • He held down both jobs for 25 years, which proved he was a stayer.

  • I met a man in the crowd yesterday who's a stayer all right.

    The Vision of Elijah Berl Frank Lewis Nason
  • "The bear has the reputation of being a stayer," replied the other.

    Boy Scouts on the Great Divide Archibald Lee Fletcher
  • The thief was lighter than any of us, and his horse was evidently a stayer.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Trouble is, she's a stayer--one of the visiting kind, you know.

    The Second Violin Grace S. Richmond
  • They remembered that his sire, Lazzarone, had a bad temper; but they forgot that he was a stayer, not 'given to sprinting.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser

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