staying power


Definition of staying power 

: capacity for continuing (as in existence, influence, or popularity) without weakening

Examples of staying power in a Sentence

a long-distance runner with a lot of staying power a song with staying power Her staying power as a pop icon is remarkable.
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But the Enzian isn’t the only venue to catch a movie with some staying power. Trevor Fraser,, "Wanna catch a flick?," 19 June 2018 Gun control seems to be an issue with staying power in this election year. Carolyn Mcatee Cerbin, USA TODAY, "Trump doesn't want gun control, NRA lobbyist says after meeting," 2 Mar. 2018 Lasting dynasties find ways to sustain themselves, and the way Durant has navigated his free agency these last two years has only added to the Warriors' staying power. Rob Mahoney,, "Kevin Durant Cuts Warriors a Break by Reportedly Wishing to Re-Sign to Team-Friendly Contract," 30 June 2018 Hardin says many dairy farms don’t have much financial staying power left after more than three years of depressed prices. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Already in trouble, Wisconsin dairy farmers are now getting hammered by tariffs," 27 June 2018 With A2IM Indie Week taking place in New York June 18-21, two independent labels, a retailer and a distributor celebrate staying power. Steve Knopper, Billboard, "Four Indie Ventures Marking Major Milestones In the Music Industry," 18 June 2018 And with the launch of the company’s competitive e-sports circuit later this year, an event like the Pro-Am felt like only the beginning of an ambitious plan to transform the game’s online popularity into offline staying power. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite’s celebrity tournament felt like a trial run for Epic’s grand e-sports ambitions," 17 June 2018 Adding batteries to the mix will help them stay powered up even when the weather turns, well, normal. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Nissan's Following Tesla Into Solar Power and Home Batteries," 16 May 2018 The Obama administration underestimated Assad's staying power. Fox News, "Ex-DOJ attorney: Rosenstein should have already been fired," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of staying power

1859, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of staying power

: the quality or ability that allows someone or something to continue to be effective, successful, popular, etc., for a long period of time

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