keep at it


: to continue doing or trying to do something
If you keep at it long enough you'll succeed.
The project was difficult, but we kept at it and eventually it was done.

Examples of keep at it in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elon Musk, pursuing his own personal interests, is urging them to keep at it. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Yet the most committed artists manage to stick around; players who keep playing become better players; amateurs grow into professionals — and some, who never make a career, keep at it for fun. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2023 John McPhee, who turned 92 in March, would like to keep at it for a while — the writing, and the breathing. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2023 The responsibility now falls on you to keep at it because the talent's been identified. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 26 May 2023 Kwiatek is emblematic of a large but little-known swath of the art world — those who have never been famous and likely never will be but doggedly, passionately keep at it anyway. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2023 Then 13 years zipped past, and after reconvening in 2016 to play a friend’s birthday party, the foursome decided to keep at it. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2022 Just as thieves keep a close watch on your front stoop for boxes during the holiday shopping season, Amazon's annual summer sale extravaganza has given them a reason to keep at it during the summer. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 8 July 2022 Other ambitious self-starters will counsel you to hitch up your trousers and keep at it. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2022 See More

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“Keep at it.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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