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follow-through

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

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Origin of follow-through

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase follow through
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British Dictionary definitions for follow-through

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
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Idioms and Phrases with follow-through

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.

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