follow-through

[ fol-oh-throo, -throo ]
/ ˈfɒl oʊˌθru, -ˈθru /

noun

the completion of a motion, as in the stroke of a tennis racket.
the portion of such a motion after the ball has been hit.
the act of continuing a plan, project, scheme, or the like to its completion.

Origin of follow-through

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase follow through

Definition for follow through (2 of 2)

Origin of follow

before 900; Middle English folwen, Old English folgian; cognate with Old Saxon folgon, Old High German folgēn, folgōn (German folgen)
SYNONYMS FOR follow
3 obey.
19 arise, proceed. Follow, ensue, result, succeed imply coming after something else, in a natural sequence. Follow is the general word: We must wait to see what follows. A detailed account follows. Ensue implies a logical sequence, what might be expected normally to come after a given act, cause, etc.: When the power lines were cut, a paralysis of transportation ensued. Result emphasizes the connection between a cause or event and its effect, consequence, or outcome: The accident resulted in injuries to those involved. Succeed implies coming after in time, particularly coming into a title, office, etc.: Formerly the oldest son succeeded to his father's title.
Related formsfol·low·a·ble, adjectiveun·fol·low·a·ble, adjectiveun·fol·lowed, adjectivewell-fol·lowed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for follow through (1 of 2)

follow through


verb (adverb)

sport to complete (a stroke or shot) by continuing the movement to the end of its arc
(tr) to pursue (an aim) to a conclusion

noun follow-through

sport
  1. the act of following through
  2. the part of the stroke after the ball has been hit
the completion of a procedure, esp after a first action

British Dictionary definitions for follow through (2 of 2)

follow

/ (ˈfɒləʊ) /

verb

noun

billiards snooker
  1. a forward spin imparted to a cue ball causing it to roll after the object ball
  2. a shot made in this way
Derived Formsfollowable, adjective

Word Origin for follow

Old English folgian; related to Old Frisian folgia, Old Saxon folgōn, Old High German folgēn
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Idioms and Phrases with follow through (1 of 2)

follow through


1

In sports such as tennis or golf, carry a stroke to completion after striking the ball. For example, You don't follow through on your backhand, so it goes into the net. [Late 1800s]

2

Carry an object, project, or intention to completion; pursue fully. For example, She followed through on her promise to reorganize the department. Also see follow up, def. 1.

Idioms and Phrases with follow through (2 of 2)

follow


In addition to the idioms beginning with follow

  • follow along
  • follow in someone's footsteps
  • follow one's nose
  • follow out
  • follow suit
  • follow the crowd
  • follow through
  • follow up

also see:

  • as follows
  • camp follower
  • hard act to follow
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