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staying power

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noun
  1. ability or strength to last or endure; endurance; stamina.
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Origin of staying power

First recorded in 1855–60
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for staying power

Historical Examples

  • If he had known all about her he might have formed a larger estimate of her staying-power.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair

  • Quartz-mining and milling require capital, and staying-power, and patience.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)


British Dictionary definitions for staying power

staying power

noun
  1. endurance; stamina
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Idioms and Phrases with staying power

staying power

The ability to endure or last, as in I'm not sure that this young novelist will have staying power, or Our candidate definitely has staying power. This expression comes from racing, where it means “the strength to maintain speed through a race.” [Second half of 1800s]

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